The 29th-ranked Amanda Anisimova will face fellow American and world number 62 Bernarda Pera in the second round of the 2020 French Open on Wednesday, September 30. The match could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Amanda Anisimova v Bernarda Pera match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Amanda Anisimova v Bernarda Pera Head to Head
This will be the first match between Anisimova and Pera in their short competitive careers.
Anisimova Clinical in Her Opening Win
A French Open semifinalist last year, Anisimova gave her opponent Tamara Korpasch no chance whatsoever in her opening round win. Anisimova dropped her serve once, which came immediately after she had first broken Korpasch, but once that fumble was out of her way, the American saw to it, it remained one-way traffic all the way.
In fact after Korpasch broke Anisimova back to bring it back on serve at 2-3, she wasn’t allowed to win a single game. Anisimova rushed off with two more breaks of serve in the first set and collected three more in the second to win the match in a mere 58 minutes.
Her opponent’s inability to attack her second serve helped, but with Anisimova blasting 24 winners across the two sets, there was only one way the match was headed.
The American had come into the tournament without too much rhythm on clay, having lost in the second round of the Italian Open and then falling in the first round of the Strasbourg Open. This is the kind of a win that should give her a massive shot in the arm coming up against some of the sterner tests ahead.
Pera Tames Bellis for First Clay of the Season
World number 62 Pera featured in a lot of clay court competitions last season including a few at the lower circuit, notching up a few smart victories in the process. She had made the semifinal at the WTA Prague, and followed it up with semifinals at both Lausanne and the Latvian Open to establish her credentials on the surface.
This season, however, has been a difficult one for most players because of their inability to train during the six months of lockdown and some have been affected more by it than the others. Pera’s first two matches on clay this year bore testimony to her struggles.
At Rome, she fell to Svetlana Kuznetsova, but not before she had picked a set off her opponent. And she repeated the same pattern in Strasbourg, winning the opening set before bowing out in three.
Which is why while coming up against Cici Bellis, it looked like she was in for trouble against a very talented youngster who had take a break from tennis because of a fitness concern. As it turned out, Pera was stretched in the first set but once she had won that, she upped the ante and clinched the game in two.
For Anisimova, she will have to turn things up a few more notches but can that be enough to overcome a player ranked more than 30 places above her?
Anisimova v Pera Prediction and Tip
Backing Anisimova to win this despite Pera’s obvious strength on clay. It looks like Anisimova is hunting for that solid run which will bring her back as a buzzing player like was the case last season and it could well begin at this year’s French Open.
Tip: Anismova to win: 8/13 (bet365)