The WTA Luxembourg Open 2019 continues on Wednesday, October 16 with few of the top players in action on the day including Julia Goerges. Also get Elena Rybakina v Denisa Allertova & Viktoria Kuzmova v Laura Siegemund tips, previews, and predictions here.Get the best odds for the WTA Luxembourg Open 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Elena Rybakina v Denisa Allertova Predictions & Preview
This is the first time that Elena Rybakina and Denisa Allertova will be facing off in a match, as they feature in a second round match at the Luxembourg Open today. And it’s been quite an interesting season for Rybakina as she looks to continue her ascent up the WTA rankings, currently perched at her career-best of 43rd in the world.
She has already won a title this year and while that came on the clays of Bucharest, she also has won 33 and lost just 12 of her matches on hard court and indoor court surfaces. She registered a hard-fought first round win over Chloe Pacquet in round one after having made the quarter-final at the Wuhan Open and Linz Open before that. And at Nanchang, she was a losing finalist.
Allertova was herself a 55th-ranked player at one time and 86th early last season. However, she played just 21 matches last season and has struggled this year at the lower circuits and fallen to 247th in the world. Her first round win took three tie-breakers against Mandy Minella and it’s tough to see how would she make a fist of this one against the in-form Rybakina. Easy win expected.
Tip: Rybakina to win in straight sets 4/6 with Unibet
Viktoria Kuzmova v Laura Siegemund Predictions & Preview
Another set of players who haven’t met before this, Viktoria Kuzmova will take on Laura Siegemund in the second round here. And it could be an interesting battle between the young legs of the 21-year-old of Kuzmova and greater experience of Siegemund who is 31 and in the 18th year of her tennis career.
Siegemund is coming off a second round exit at Linz where she had to go through the qualifiers to make it to the main draw. And she then edged out the 162nd-ranked Marta Kostyuk in a thrilling three-setter in her first round win here. Kuzmova had a struggle of her own but it came against a 389th-ranked, 17-year-old Katie Volynets in her opener, after she had also participated at Linz and made the quarter-final.
Kuzmova was a quarter-finalist at Tashkent too, which had broken a string of four successive losses before that. Even just before that, she had a similar run that was stalled by a quarter-final at Bucharest and Siegemund will hope she can take advantage of these inconsistencies and surprise Kuzmova.
Tip: Laura Siegemund to win: 11/10 with Unibet
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Anna Blinkova v Cori Gauff Predictions & Preview
Another pair who hasn’t played against each other before as the 66th-ranked Anna Blinkova plays the toast of the tennis world, Cori Gauff. In just her second year of tennis, the 15-year-old has seen the kind of season not a lot of players do till very late, and that included her first ever title win.
This came last week with a touch of fortune after she was knocked out in the qualifiers but came back as a lucky loser to win five matches in a row at Linz. In the final she edged out Jelena Ostapenko to lift the title and move to 71st in the world. To give you a perspective of how solid that is, she was 685th in the world at the start of the year and 938th last year.
Blinkova is only five spots ahead of her and the way things have gone, it might not be too surprising if Gauff has usurped her by the end of this week. Of course to be able to do that, she will need to overcome Blinkova in this one and she will start our favourite to do so.
Tip: Cori Gauff to win 5/4 with Unibet
Julia Goerges v Misaki Doi Predictions & Preview
It’s a tricky opener for the second seeded Julia Goerges who faces Japan’s Misaki Doi in her first round match at the Luxembourg Open. And while Goerges had beaten Doi in their only previous outing in Seoul in 2013, the Japanese 74th-ranked player has shown enough in recent times to warrant a tough encounter here.
Doi made the final at the Hiroshima Open, and was a quarter-finalist at Osaka before having to qualify for the Linz Open where she lost in her opener. Goerges herself would be disappointed with the way things have gone since the US Open where she made the fourth round. An opening loss at the China Open was followed by a second round loss to fellow German Andrea Petkovic in Linz, and that leaves her with very little practice in the lead-up to this one.
We still think Goerges is a favourite, but Doi could give her a run for her money and win at least a set here.
Tip: Set Handicap Misaki Doi +1.5 11/10 with Unibet