The 41st-ranked Marketa Vondrousova will kick-start her grass court campaign for the season with an opening round encounter against the 106th-ranked Ludmilla Samsonova at the 2021 German Open on Tuesday, June 8. Get the live streaming options of this Marketa Vondrousova v Ludmilla Samsonova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marketa Vondrousova v Ludmilla Samsonova Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Vondrousova and Samsonova before this.
Vondrousova 1-7 on Career Grass
While Vondrousova climbed to 14th in the world in 2019, it was definitely on the back of any sparkling performances on grass.
Far from it, in fact.
Over her career, Vondrousova has played in eight grass court matches and won just one, a victory that came in 2019 in Eastbourne. At Wimbledon, she has featured on three separate occasions and lost every time, making it a tough switch for Vondrousova from having just had a month and a half of clay court tournaments.
In it, Vondrousova struggled in the first three before reaching the fourth round at Roland-Garros.
Earlier this season, the Czech player had reached the semifinal at the Yarra Valley Classic and fourth round at the Australian Open too. Can any of these results, however, help Vondrousova turn around her poor form on grass?
Samsonova Hovering around Career-Best
While Vondrousova has had her issues on grass, she will be up against an equally inexperienced player who has never won a match on this surface.
Samsonova is currently ranked 106th in the world, one behind her best-ever ranking but enters unfamiliar territories having barely played on grass. In fact before this season, Samsonova’s only season of grass court tennis came in 2019 where she featured in three tournaments and while she won a few qualifiers in each of those three, she didn’t make it past the first round in any of them.
That being said, Samsonova has shown marked improvement on hard court surfaces too. This season, in particular, the Russian stormed into the third round in Miami having come in as a qualifier which included wins over Camila Giorgi and Kiki Bertens.
Here in Berlin, Samsonova has already surprised Ana Konjuh in the qualifiers and will hope she can deliver a surprise result to the world number 41 as well.
Vondrousova v Samsonova Prediction and Tip
While Vondrousova is a favourite at 8/13 we think Samsonova has it in her to win at least a set here.