WTA Luxembourg Open Day 1 Predictions Including Astra Sharma vs Clara Tauson

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With the US Open complete, the WTA tour shifts its focus to Europe where the WTA Luxembourg Open will be the center of attention in the next seven days. We have predictions of all six matches on day one, with three of them in a separate article.

WTA Luxembourg Open Day 1 Predictions

Ludmilla Samsonova vs Misaki Doi

Head-to-head: Samsonova 1-0 Doi

Ludmilla Samsonova had a tremendous grass-court season, winning as many as 10 matches on the surface. That run yielded a maiden WTA title in Berlin and a fourth-round showing at Wimbledon. However, the 22-year-old Russian didn’t manage to hit those dizzying heights on the hard courts of North America. She did not scale the second round in four tournaments after Wimbledon. But this should be a comfortable opener for the power-hitting Samsonova. Her opponent – Doi – is a former champion of this event, but has not mastered a result of any relevance this season and is on the cusp of exiting the Top 100 as a result.
Prediction: Samsonova in 2

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Jana Fett vs Ekaterina Makarova

Head-to-head: first meeting

This will be a meeting between two qualifiers who barely broke a sweat to get here. And just to clear up the confusion, this won’t be Ekaterina Makarova the retired former Top 10 player, but her namesake who is a 25-year-old Russian. Their careers are not intertwined. The younger Makarova will get the first taste of tour-level tennis after passing two rounds of qualifying without dropping a set. Fett, meanwhile, was equally impressive in qualifying, beating Anastasia Gasanova 6-1 6-0 on Sunday. While this is a relatively low-key tournament, experience should still give Fett the upper hand.
Prediction: Fett in 3

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Astra Sharma vs Clara Tauson

Head-to-head: first meeting

Clara Tauson is one of the most exciting young players on the women’s tour. And she has backed up that theory with some eye-catching performances this season. With two titles under her belt, she comes to Luxembourg under a cloud of serenity knowing full well this has been a hugely successful season. It is also pertinent to note, Tauson was the last player to beat the newly-crowned US Open champion Emma Raducanu. Sharma, for her part, has gone off the boil in recent months after a productive first half of the year saw her bag a maiden WTA title in Charleston. I expect the well-rounded game of Tauson to be very effective in this matchup.
Prediction: Tauson in 2

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