After both players pulled off stunning second-round upsets, Anna Schmiedlova and French Open debutant Nadia Podoroska clash in this third round fixture of the 2020 French Open. The match begins at around 1 pm local time (12 noon BST or 7 am Eastern Time) on Friday, October 2. Get the live streaming options of this Anna Karolina Schmiedlova v Nadia Podoroska match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Anna Karolina Schmiedlova v Nadia Podoroska Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players, with no prior matchups ever.
Anna Schmiedlova comes into the match ranked 161st in the WTA rankings. Despite this low ranking, she has a positive 159-78 record on clay surfaces; and an even better 9-2 win record on clay in 2020, translating to an 82% success rate on the surface so far this year.
Not to be outdone, Nadia Podoroska’s 2020 win record on clay stands at 22-3, translating to an outstanding 88% success rate on the surface so far for the year. Her all-time win record on the surface is 164-70, and she also boasts a better WTA ranking, positioned at number 131, 30 spots better than Schmiedlova’s ranking.
Schmiedlova Hoping to Build on Azarenka Upset
Schmiedlova may trail Podoroska in the WTA rankings, but as sports of all kind often show us, it always comes down to who’s the better player on the day. Schmiedlova exemplified this perfectly well in the previous round, stunning 10th seed Victoria Azarenka and cruising to a straight-set win.
She had a near-perfect match and only gave up four games to a player that many had considered a favorite for this year’s competition, especially since Azarenka had already made it to the US Open final in early September.
She also beat former world no. 1 Venus Williams in the first round, albeit she was the favorite in that match, but such a result was a sure momentum booster that aided her in taking down Azarenka with ease.
Now she finds herself in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament again; the furthest she’s ever reached. But unlike in 2014 when Garbiñe Muguruza swept her away in Paris, this time the odds aren’t stacked against her.
She’s facing a tournament debutant, and many bookmakers have them on even odds, signifying that such a match is too close to call.
Many pundits would even be willing to say that the tide is in her favor as she’s bringing a six-year tournament experience with her, and her first and second-round wins may have propelled her momentum to unreachable heights.
But with a doubles’ game a day before this matchup while Podoroska rests and trains, you have to wonder whether that will have any impact on this match’s final result.
Podoroska Carrying Debutant’s Momentum as Well
These two players seem to rival each other on each and every statistic.
Even with regard to momentum, Podoroska seems to have that on her side as well. Prior to her first-round matchup, she played three qualifiers and only gave up an average of 4 games per match in those qualifiers. That momentum seeped into the French Open after she qualified.
She beat Minnen in the first round in straight sets and had an upset of her own when she defeated 23rd seed Yulia Putintseva in the second round.
Even though she may be a tournament debutant, it would be harsh to purely rule her out because of her lack of Roland Garros experience. She’s still a young player who’s slowly rising in the tennis world, with three tournament wins already under her belt in 2020 (ITF Malibu, ITF Petit-Bourg, and Open de Saint-Malo).
A win here would surely signal to many tennis fans that they are witnessing the making of a future tennis great.
Schmiedlova v Podoroska Prediction and Tip
This is definitely as hard a game as ever to call. The players are so evenly matched in almost all of the areas that it basically turns to a 50/50.
If I were to give one of them a winning edge, I’d probably give it to Podoroska simply because she’s having a great and steady rise in her career.
But I do see other possible outcomes because I expect the winner to scrape a hard-fought, end-to-end victory. Therefore, there can be value in things such as over/under lines in total games, and possibly even greater value in set betting.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)