French Open debutant Nadia Podoroska clashes with Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková in this fourth round clash of the 2020 French Open. The match begins at around 12:30 pm local time (11:30 am BST or 6:30 am Eastern Time) on Sunday, October 4. Looking for the live streaming options of this Nadia Podoroska v Barbora Krejcikova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here? Read on.
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Nadia Podoroska v Barbora Krejcikova Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players, with no prior matchups ever.
Nadia Podoroska comes into the match ranked 131st in the WTA rankings. Additionally, she has a positive 165-70 record on clay surfaces; and an even better 23-3 win record on clay in 2020, translating to an 88% success rate on the surface so far this year but obviously this is across all levels of the circuit.
Krejčíková’s 2020 win record on clay stands at 9-3, translating to a good 75% success rate on the surface so far for the year. Her all-time win record on the surface is 209-84, and she also boasts a better WTA ranking, positioned at number 114, 17 spots better than Podoroska’s ranking.
Podoroska’s Amazing Debut Continues
Nadia Podoroska’s tournament debut has been an impressive one so far. Her straight-set win over Schmiedlova was her 11th win in a row, propelling her debutant’s momentum to unreachable summits.
That game, an even one on paper, turned into a more straightforward encounter than one would have previously anticipated.
She was unplayable at moments and used everything in that game to her advantage. When Schmiedlova began gaining momentum in the first set, Krejcikova quashed that brief moment of ascension by winning six games in a row.
Even though Schmiedlova might have gotten an unfortunate injury midway through the first set, it was always clear from the beginning that Podoroska was the one in charge.
Additionally, she has a great defensive type of play that sees her rarely give up many games. In her three qualifiers prior to the French Open main draw, she only gave up an average of 4 games per match.
The only match that has so far dared to question that gritty resoluteness was versus Putintseva, but she was the clear underdog in that match and still managed to get an outstanding result.
Now her great displays in the tournament so far have seen her come into this fourth round fixture as the clear favorite; and it’s easy to see why the bookies have her as the chosen pick.
Second-Time Lucky for Krejčíková?
Barbora Krejčíková may not be a tournament rookie per se, having already made her French Open debut back in 2018 but she is yet to find herself a performance to remember having crashed out in the first round of that season against a seeded Pliskova.
She did marginally better in this year’s Australian Open, making it to the second round and now she’s hoping that that marginal bit of experience will be enough to give her the edge against Podoroska.
She’s performed well so far, her highlight being her win against Strycova, but it’s hard seeing a way for her against a rising Podoroska.
She performs better in doubles with her countrymate Siniakova; her WTA Shenzhen Open tournament win this year exemplifies that perfectly. And with a doubles’ game a day before this matchup while Podoroska rests and trains, her focus may be on that game more than this one and that will surely have some impact on this match’s final result.
Podoroska v Krejcikova Prediction and Tip
Podoroska’s momentum seems unstoppable, and I’d back her to get the job done with some relative ease. Krejčíková may make her have to work for the win, and may even force Podoroska to take the match to a third set, but in either scenario everything points towards a Podoroska win.
Tip: Podoroska to win: 1/2 (bet365)