World No. 158 Olga Danilovic of Serbia will take on Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia USA, who is ranked 136th, in the first round of the 2021 Belgrade Open on Tuesday, May 18. Get the live streaming options of this Olga Danilovic v Kamilla Rakhimova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Olga Danilovic v Kamilla Rakhimova Head to Head
The pair have met once before, and that was in the post Australian Open event in Melbourne, the Phillip Island Trophy, Rakhimova winning in straight sets in the qualifying competition.
Danilovic gets Wildcard to Home Tournament
Left-handed Danilovic does have a WTA senior singles title to her name, having won the Moscow River Cup in 2018 when she was just 17, beating the local woman Anastasia Potapova in the final.
That followed a successful junior career, particularly in doubles, where she won Grand Slam titles at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
She continues to play doubles with some success, winning the Tashkent Open in 2918 with Tamara Zidansek, whilst earlier this year, she lost the Lyon Open final partnered by Eugenie Bouchard.
Singles-wise, she has not kicked on as she would have liked from that win in Moscow – in fact, her ranking has dropped in recent years.
Still, she did qualify for the Australian Open this year and had a big first round win over Petra Martic, before losing to the American Shelby Rogers.
Rakhimova, a Teenage Russian Qualifier
At 19, Rakhimova is a year younger than her opponent, and has made it through to the first round in Belgrade by winning two qualifying matches, beating first Iva Sepa of Serbia, and then compatriot Anastasia Gasanova, both in straight sets, although it required two tie-breaks to defeat the latter.
The teenager comes into this tournament in good form, having just been beaten in the final of an ITF event I Zagreb on clay, beaten by Anheline Kalinina of the Ukraine.
Most of her year so far has been spent trying to qualify for the main draws of tournaments. Something she managed not only in Melbourne, but also in Istanbul, and, most successfully on home soil in St. Petersburg, where she managed to reach the second round before going down in three sets to countrywoman Veronika Kudermetova, the world 29.
Danilovic v Rakhimova Prediction and Tip
There is not a lot of o experience on either side of the net in this match, but Danilovic is tipped to win. Despite that loss to Rakhimova earlier this year. She is playing at home on a surface she knows and on which she has won a senior WTA title. Rakhimova, though, is unlikely to make it easy for her.