World number 22 Petra Martic will be up against Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in their first round match at the Zhengzhou Open 2019 on Monday, September 9 with the match to be played at 11 am local time (4 am BST). Find the Petra Martic v Jasmine Paolini live streaming options with the preview.
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Petra Martic v Jasmine Paolini Head to Head
This will be the first time these two will be playing against each other at the highest level.
Martic Coming off a Decent US Open
With a best ranking of 20th in the world, Martic is coming off a fourth round appearance at the US Open last week, and she will take solace from not just the fact this was her best performance at this major but also that she lost to the eventual finalist, Serena Williams.
Earlier this year, Martic had made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon but her crowning moment came on the clay surfaces – there was a title win in Istanbul, and that was followed by a quarter-final appearance at the French Open. In getting to the last eight at Roland Garros, Martic registered wins over Kristina Mladenovic and Karolina Pliskova.
While Martic was 21-9 on hard court surfaces last season, her 2019 hasn’t been the best on this surface, with six wins and eight losses under her belt. The US Open showing should provide her impetus to get a move on and a first round match against a player ranked 117th should help her maintain that momentum.
Paolini at Her Best Ranking
For someone who was ranked 215th in the world as recently as in the month of March 2019, Paolini has done well to climb up the ladder. A qualification for the main draw at the French Open helped but the title win at the Brescia ITF Open pushed her ranking forward.
Second round at Lausanne, quarter-final at Palermo and a semi-final at Karlsruhe ensured she is currently at her best ranking. As a result of this best showing of 117th in the world, Paolini has made the main draw of this tournament directly and while she starts second favourite, expect her to five her senior opponent a fight.
Martic v Paolini Tips & Predictions
It goes without saying that Martic is not just the favourite but an overwhelming one. Expect a straight set walloping for Martic to enter the second round.
Tip: Martic in two sets: 4/7 (888Sport)