World number 97 Tamara Zidansek faces the 115th-ranked and Russian Anna Kalinskaya in the first round of the 2021 Bogota Open on Monday, April 5. Get the live streaming options of this Tamara Zidansek v Anna Kalinskaya match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Tamara Zidansek v Anna Kalinskaya Head to Head
Their only previous outing came at the 2020 Acapulco Open and Zidansek had won that first round encounter in straight sets.
Zidansek Falls Away after Decent Start
Having made it as far as the third round in the first tournament of the season, Zidansek would have expected a lot more out of herself at the rest of the hard court season. More so because she managed to get there with wins over Jennifer Brady and Leylah Fernandez.
Unfortunately for Zidansek, things have gone sideways since then.
In the six main draw matches spread across four tournaments after the Abu Dhabi Open, Zidansek has won just two. And it went worse at the Miami Open where the Slovenian fell in the second round of the qualifiers to Oceane Dodin despite having gone into the encounter as a favourite.
Here’s the deal though. Zidansek loves playing on clay, having reached her maiden – and only yet – WTA final in a clay court competition. She has also won a couple of WTA $125k titles, both on clay again, and 14 of her 17 ITF titles have also come on red dirt.
And up against her is a player who has shown some rhythm and yet will be ranked 106th in the world when the new rankings are released on Monday. Zidansek should back herself to do well here.
Kalinskaya Much Improved after Struggles
Having shown what she is capable of at the 2019 US Open, Kalinskaya had faced a lull over the last 18 months or so with the pandemic obviously playing its part as well. Kalinskaya herself had tested positive for Covid-19, and while she recovered from it quickly, her performances on court hadn’t quite been up to the scratch.
The start of the season saw the Russian bow out of the Australian Open qualifiers and she then suffered opening round losses at the Gippsland Trophy and Guadalajara Open, leading to a gentle slide in her rankings.
Her return to rhythm was first on show at the Monterrey Open where she won back to back qualifiers in straight sets and then shocked Nadia Podoroska and Nina Stojanovic in two as well to reach the quarterfinals.
At the Miami Open, wins over Irina Begu and Petra Martic were again against the odds, taking her to a career-best showing in that tournament.
Clay, however, isn’t Kalinskaya’s most preferred surface with her last win in the main draw on it coming in 2017. Can she take the recent rhythm and convert it into a performance to remember against the favourite?
Zidansek v Kalinskaya Prediction and Tip
Interesting odds on offer here from bet365, with both players starting out at 10/11. We will have to go with Zidansek here despite Kalinskaya’s form because of her record on clay.
Tip: Zidansek to win: 10/11 (bet365)