Local favorite Tamara Korpatsch faces 35-year-old qualifier Mandy Minella in the first round of the 2021 Hamburg Open on Wednesday, July 7. Get the live streaming options of this Tamara Korpatsch v Mandy Minella match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Tamara Korpatsch v Mandy Minella Head to Head
Korpatsch won the pair’s only meeting to date at the 2016 Contrexeville ITF in straight sets.
Korpatsch Gets Surprise Wild Card
Tamara Korpatsch is one of a handful of German players in the main draw of the 2021 Hamburg Open. But her presence, courtesy of a wild card entrant is most certainly not on merit.
Korpatsch has been in terrible form this year, highlighted by her failure to win more than three matches all season. In fact, two of her wins have been in qualifying rounds. Her low ranking has been insufficient to warrant an automatic main draw spot at many WTA events.
The 26-year-old was capable of putting up a fight in Bad Homburg – the last stop before Wimbledon – where she won her first tour-level match of the season by beating Rebecca Peterson in three sets. But she came unstuck in the subsequent round, losing to countrywoman Laura Siegemund.
Korpatsch did not even participate in qualifying for Wimbledon and makes a straight transition from her brief appearances on the grass to the demanding surface of the clay.
Minella Not Ready to Bow Out
35-year-old Mandy Minella, playing in her 20th year on the professional tour, is just not ready to give up on the rigors of traveling while playing the sport.
Minella has battled injuries, inconsistency and balances motherhood with life as an athlete. She won her first and only WTA title on the clay courts of Bol – the WTA 125K series tournament in Croatia in 2016.
The woman from Luxembourg is 7-9 for the season, including qualifying matches. Her best result of the year came on clay, at the Oeiras 3 ITF in Portugal at the end of April, where she reached the quarterfinals.
Minella battled through in the opening round of qualifying in Hamburg, beating Eva Lys 7-5 6-4, then proceeded to defeat second-seeded qualifier Kristina Kucova 6-3 6-3 – an opponent ranked nearly 100 spots above in her the world rankings.
Can she upset the local wild card on Wednesday?
Korpatsch v Minella Prediction and Tip
Neither player has looked in decent form this year, but Minella has taken some encouraging steps towards addressing her recent slide. She notched two solid wins in qualifying and is the streakier player.