World number 65 and wildcard entrant Ludmilla Samsonova faces Estonian and 78th-ranked Kaia Kanepi in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Monday, June 28. Get the live streaming options of this Ludmilla Samsonova v Kaia Kanepi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ludmilla Samsonova v Kaia Kanepi Head to Head
Samsonova and Kanepi have never played each other before this.
Samsonova Gets First Look at Top 100 after Berlin
She is just 22 but has already been playing on the ITF circuit since 2013, making her professional debut that season, and it wasn’t till June 13 earlier this year that she broke into the top 100.
And what a grand entry it was as well!
Samsonova, who went into the grass courts of German Open as a qualifier ranked 106th in the world, defeated Marketa Vondrousova, Veronika Kudermetova, Madison Keys, Victoria Azarenka and Belinda Bencic in successive rounds to win the title. If ever there was a case for players getting bonus points for defeating so many high-ranked opponents it was only strengthened with that showing.
And the best part about that result was Samsonova was also awarded a wild-card to play at Wimbledon, thereby ensuring her debut at the Championships.
Can she kick-start her debut with a win against a veteran player?
Kanepi Opens Grass Court Campaign
Kanepi’s grass record reads 15-20, in a sharp contrast to her performances in hard and clay court tournaments. Which is why it comes as a mild surprise Kanepi didn’t feature in any of the grass court tune-up competitions before Wimbledon this year.
The former world number 15 is also on bit of a downward slope, losing four in a row before this match – all of which came on clay. In fact, since making the final at Gippsland Trophy in February and then a third round at Australian Open, Kanepi has struggled to get going.
In the five tournaments since then, Kanepi’s won two main draw matches.
As far as Kanepi’s record at Wimbledon is concerned, the Estonian has made quarterfinals two times in her career but since 2014 won only one match.
Against an in-form Samsonova, it might not be easy.
Samsonova v Kanepi Prediction and Tip
Not surprising to see Samsonova start off 2/5 favourite to win this and unless Kanepi can make a major turnaround we could be looking at a straightforward one. The break might help Kanepi to an extent but only so much.