The fourth seeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia will face Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay in the first round at the 2020 Istanbul Cup. This first round match is expected to be played on Wednesday, September 8 and will begin at around 5 pm local time (3 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Caroline Garcia v Cagla Buyukakcay match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Caroline Garcia v Cagla Buyukakcay Head to Head
This will be the second match between Garcia and Buyukakcay with their first match having come at the 2016 Wimbledon. Garcia had won that opening round match in straight sets.
Garcia Begins Clay Court Campaign
The world number 50 hadn’t played a single match during the pandemic break and will be appearing in her first clay court encounter of the season with this match.
Historically, Garcia has done well on this surface, having reached the French Open fourth round on a couple of occasions and even making it to the quarterfinal there. Interestingly though, only two of her eight WTA titles have come on clay.
What would be something to watch is how she goes about her business on this surface, having not played on it all season. The form is on her side, having made it to the third round at the US Open before she went down to Jennifer Brady and earlier she had reached the second round in the Cincinnati Open.
A Lyon Open quarterfinal earlier this year was her other top showing.
Buyukakcay Loves Her Time on Clay
A former world number 60, the 30-year-old Buyukakcay will be aiming to take advantage of her opponent’s absence from clay for nearly a year. On the other hand, Buyukakcay has herself played at the Prague Open recently, winning four rounds of the competition to make it to the last eight stage.
Even before that, Buyukakcay was a part of the International Premier League which was organised in Germany, playing a string of matches over a 14-day period.
All of this should obviously help the Turk but the big question is whether it would be enough for a 186th-ranked player to win.
Interestingly, Buyukakcay had won the 2016 edition of this tournament, and she would hope to take something from that victory as opposed to her successive first round losses last two years.
Garcia v Buyukakcay Prediction & Tip
Even the bookmakers haven’t named Garcia as an overwhelming favourite here, with bet365 offering 1/2 for her win to 6/4 for Buyukakcay’s victory. We could have a fighting encounter, which sees a few games.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)