Kalinina vs Alexandrova: prediction for the WTA Kremlin Cup match
In the middle of June Anhelina Kalinina put up a great performance at Budapest tournament, she reached the final of that clay competition. After that success and a transition to hard Ukrainian player won only two matches in five tournaments. There were pessimistic predictions about her performance at Moscow. In the first round Kalinina was drawn to a tough opponent, Daria Kasatkina.
But Kalinina made a sensation in the first round. She recorded a victory over the Russian player in straight sets (6:2, 6:3). Of course Kasatkina was not playing so well in this match, but Kalinina put up a great performance, she played aggressively, was not afraid to take the risk and that strategy brought a success to her.
Ekaterina Alexandrova was not performing well before the start of the Kremlin Cup. Since June Russian player was unable to advance past the second round in any tournament. Even on indoor tournaments, which are her favourite ones, at Luxembourg and Ostrava she was eliminated in the second round.
In the first round of the Kremlin Cup Alexandrova played against in-form Ons Jabeur. But Tunisian player had to withdraw herself from the match during the second set due to health issues.
In two out of three most recent matches of Kalinskaya tiebreaks were played
This bet played in three out of five most recent matches of Alexandrova
Anhelina Kalinina surprised everyone with her brave performance in the first round. It is early to make conclusions about Alexandrova's form, because her first round opponent, Jabeur, played in a terrible condition. We are expecting a contested match, Ukrainian player should be able to hold on to a plus handicap.
Our prediction - Kalinskaya to win with a handicap of (+5) games
Prediction: Handicap (+5) for Kalinina
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Alexandrova and Kalinskaya are inconsistent at the serve. Both players are losing focus during matches regularly, so we are expecting a long match.
Our second bet is on total over 20 games