World No. 42 and number five seed, Nadia Podoroska of Argentina, will take on Ana Konjuh of Croatia, the world number 189, in the quarter-final of the 2021 Belgrade Open on Thursday, May 20. Get the live streaming options of this Nadia Podoroska v Ana Konjuh match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nadia Podoroska v Ana Konjuh Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 24-year old Argentine and the Croat, who is a year younger.
Podoroska, the WTA Newcomer of the Year
Podoroska is hoping for another good run in the French Open, having been a surprise semi-finalist there last year, as a qualifier.
Asa result of that, and her general performances throughout 2020, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.
Her form so far in 2021 has not lived up those achievement, with her best result prior to this week coming in the Melbourne warm-up event, the Yarra Valley Classic, where she reached the quarter-finals.
However, she now has the opportunity to go one better than that if she can beat Konjuh.
She was made to fight in her first-round match with the Hungarian doubles’ specialist Timea Babos though, in a match that went to a decider, after the Argentine began to struggle on serve during the second set.
However, she enjoyed a much more comfortable victory over the French world 114, Oceane Dodin on Wednesday, beating her in straight sets for the loss of just five games.
Podoroska was in control from the start, breaking Dodin early, and then once more to wrap-up the first set without undue strain.
The second set was more evenly contested with break points on either side, which were not converted. However, Podoroska then broke Dodin to love and, although the French player had three break back opportunities, she could not take them and the Argentine sealed the win with her third match point.
Konjuh Continuing Inspired 2021 Form
Konjuh has already had a fine year, reaching the quarter-finals in Miami, by far her best result in a WTA 1000 event. Then to prove that was no fluke, she reached the dame stage in her next tournament in Istanbul.
However, she failed to qualify in Madrid and had to play two qualifying rounds in Belgrade just to take her place in the main draw. Having done so, she had to dig deep top beat Alison van Uytvanck, the Belgian world 67, in three sets in the first round.
That earned her a second round tie with Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan, the second seed and world 35, and it was Konjuh who pulled off a surprise win.
The first three games of the match went against serve, with Konjuh establishing an early lead. The pair swapped breaks once more, but with Putintseva serving to stay in the match, Konjuh forced three more break points, converting the third.
The Kazakh began the second set well, breaking Konjuh in the opening game but she could not maintain her advantage and the scores were soon level again.
Once more Putintseva served to stay in the set (and the match) and, yet again, she could not manage it, Konjuh clinching victory in an hour and 24 minutes.
Nadia Podoroska v Ana Konjuh Prediction and Tip
Konjuh has done very well as a qualifier to get this far, but Podoroska will want to continue her preparations for the French Open with a good performance.