The second day of the WTA Slovenia Open in Portoroz should be full of incredible action. There’s no rest after the US Open as the WTA Tour comes back in full swing. We also predict the rest of the day’s matches, split between two other articles. One features Ajla Tomljanovic vs Ana Bodgan and the other featuring Elena Rybakina vs Laura Siegemund. Who do you think will win?
WTA Slovenia Open Day 2 Predictions
Lesia Tsurenko vs Elena-Gabriela Ruse
Head-to-head: Tsurenko 1-0 Ruse
Tsurenko had some good results on grass this season with a quarterfinal in Eastbourne (including a win over eventual Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina) and a Wimbledon third round. The Ukrainian went a set up on Paula Badosa at the US Open but has not had a strong hard-court run since 2019. Ruse looked strong in qualifying with straight-set wins over Yana Morderger and Ziva Falkner. The Romanian has a big game and is a slight favorite over the experienced Tsurenko in my eyes.
Prediction: Tsurenko in 3
Cristina Bucsa vs Petra Marcinko
Bucsa is coming off of a strong U.S. hard court summer, a 10-4 record with successful qualifications for all of Washington, Toronto and the US Open. The Spaniard continued her form in qualifying here, beating Giulia Gatto-Monticone and Antonia Ruzic. 16-year-old Marcinko is a big talent coming through, on the precipice of the Top 300. The Croat backed up her Junior Australian Open title with two ITF titles. This is one to watch as we have not seen Marcinko play at this level on hard before but I believe Bucsa will be too much for her at this point in her career.
Prediction: Bucsa in 2
Alize Cornet vs Kaja Juvan
Despite being close to having a 50/50 record in 2022, Corner has had some great moments at Slams this year, the most memorable being her win over Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon that ended the Pole’s incredible streak. Juvan has also had some highs, her run to the Strasbourg final being the most impressive but the Slovene lost all three of her matches on hard this summer. Still, Cornet has not always been able to follow through on the tour this year while Juvan will get to play at home, which swings the match in the 21-year-old’s favor.
Prediction: Juvan in 3
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