World number 47 Nadia Podoroska faces the 110th-ranked Greet Minnen in the second round of the 2021 WTA Yarra Valley Classic on Tuesday, February 2, with the match likely to begin at around 2:30 pm local time (8:30 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Nadia Podoroska v Greet Minnen match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nadia Podoroska v Greet Minnen Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came at the French Open last season, in which Podoroska crushed Minnen 6-2, 6-1 to move to the second round. This was en route Podoroska’s solid run to the semifinal which shot her to fame.
Podoroska Jumps Past Jones
A stunning first round loss at the hands of Sara Sorribes Tormo at the Abu Dhabi Open had opened up a few question-marks for Podoroska. So much so, despite being a favourite against Francesca Jones in her first round match, there were doubts over whether she would comfortably make it through to the next stage.
As it turned out, Jones proved no match for Podoroska, with the Argentine winning 6-1, 6-3 in an encounter lasting an hour and 24 minutes.
The first set was all one-way traffic for the French Open semifinalist, as Podoroska broke Jones twice before serving it out at 5-1. And when the Argentine world number 47 broke her opponent two more times in the second set to 4-0 up, the writing seemed to be on the wall.
Jones managed to get one break of serve back when Podoroska served for the match at 5-2 but then dropped serve once again to lose the match.
Podoroska had an 18-3 win-loss record on outdoor hard court surfaces across different surfaces last season and while the loss in Abu Dhabi came as a surprise, this win over Jones shows her mettle.
Minnen Inching Back Towards Her Best
At her best, Minnen was ranked 103rd in the world, and is now 110th but with a win in the first round here and having qualified for the Australian Open, she could be looking to break into the top 100 for the first time.
Minnen came through to the second round in Melbourne with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Olga Danilovic, a player ranked about 70 places behind her.
In a match which took an hour and 21 minutes for its completion, Minnen was broken to love early but came back with successive breaks of serve in the eighth and the 10th game to wrap up the first set.
The second set saw Minnen take the early initiative but was broken back in the very next game by her opponent. A firm hold to love in the ninth game of the second set meant Danilovic had to serve to stay in the match but her Belgian opponent crashed into her party and completed the victory.
Can she put up a similar fight against an opponent ranked so much higher than her?
Podoroska v Minnen Prediction and Tip
It seems like Podoroska is a straightforward favourite and odds of 1/2 justify that fully. Backing her to make it to the third round.
Tip: Podoroska to win: 1/2 (bet365)