Friedsam vs Pavlyuchenkova: another satisfying match from Anastasia?
On July 26, Anna-Lena Friedsam and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will fight for a spot in the round of 16 at Tokyo Olympic Games. Will the Russian player put up another impressive performance? The answer is in our prediction.
On the tournaments before the start of the Olympic Games Anna-Lena Friedsam was not convincing at all. German player approached the Tokyo tournament with a string of four consecutive defeats. But despite that, 119th WTA player started with a victory at the Japanese capital.
Friedsam played against Watson, who is in a bad form now. Anna-Lena recorded a victory in a tight clash (7:6, 6:3). We should mention that Friedsam didn't lose a single game on her serve during the match.
Before the Olympic Games Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova performed below expectations at the Wimbledon, where the Russian player was beaten in the third round by Karolina Muchova (5:7, 3:6). Nonetheless, in the first round of Tokyo tournament it became clear that all Russian players are ready for the Games.
First match against Sara Errani was pretty easy for Anastasia (6:0, 6:1). But Pavlyuchenkova admitted that it was not easy to play because of weather conditions. During the match Anastasia had a heatstroke.
In three out of last five Friedsam's matches more than nine games were played in the first set
In two out of last four Pavlyuchenkova's matches an equal number of games were played in both sets
After a dominating win over Errani Russian player is considered an overwhelming favourite in the second round match. But Friedsam is not a pushover either. In the first match of the tournament she didn't lose a single game on her serve. We believe that Anna-Lena won't leave the court without a fight and will hold on to a plus handicap.
Our prediction - Friedsam to win with a handicap of (+6) games
Prediction: Handicap (+6) for Friedsam
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Despite numerous defeats throughout the season, Friedsam is trying to put up a fight in every match, so most of her matches end with a high number of games. We are expecting more than 18 games to be played in this match.
Our second bet is on total over 18.5 games