World No. 198, Elena Gabriele Ruse of Romania will take on Anna Zaja of Germany, the world number 372, in the second round of the 2021 Hamburg Open on Thursday, July 8. Get the live streaming options of this Elena Gabriele Ruse v Anna Zaja match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elena Gabriele Ruse v Anna Zaja Head to Head
The pair have never before. This will be the first match between the 23 year old Romanian and the German. who is seven years older.
Ruse Upsets Sixth Seed Teichmann
Ruse has won six titles on the ITF circuit, the most recent of which was on home soil in Romania four years ago. However, on the senior tour, her best performance came in a double’s event, when she was runner-up, with compatriot Jaqueline Christian in the 2019 Bucharest Open.
She rarely features in the main draw of WTA events, but she has taken advantage of the comparatively weak field in Hamburg to make it through to the second round,. After coming through two rounds of qualifying first.
Ruse caused a minor surprise by beating the Swiss world number 55, Jil Teichmann, seeded six inn Germany, ion Wednesday.
The first set began with both women struggling on serve, and five of the first six games went to the receiver. Teichmann was the only one to hold serve in that sequence, but then she gave the Romanian the set with two further drops, losing four games in a row.
After the first two games of the second set went with serve, the same pattern repeated itself, and four breaks of serve each meant that a tie-break was needed.
Teichmann’s form though deserted her at the critical moment, and she held serve only once, whereas Ruse kept her head and was able to serve out for the win.
Zaja Produces Stirring Comeback
Zaja was once ranked as high as 184 in the world, two years ago, having just won her sixth title on the ITF circuit on home soil in Ascaffenburg, Germany.
But since then, she has dropped to her current ranking, and had very little form coming into this tournament,
However, she beat two compatriots, Jasmin Jebawy, and Katharina Gerlach, both higher ranked, in the qualifying competition, where she faced Viktorija Tomova of Bulgaria, the world 104, in the first round on Wednesday.
Initially it looked like Zaja was out of her depth, as Tomova took the first set to love in just 23 minutes.
However, Zaja did not panic, began to play her way into the match, and broke Tomova in the fourth game of the second set. She then consolidate the break to level the match up.
And Zaja appeared to have things round completely when she went to breaks up in the third set, only to then drop her next three service games.
Fortunately for her, Tomova was also struggling and she immediately surrendered the advantage, and then, serving to stay in the match, dropped her serve once more, giving Zaja a very unexpected win.
Ruse v Zaja Prediction and Tip
Neither woman is used to appearing in the main draws of senior WTA events, let alone to have the chance of reaching a quarter-final. With little form to rely on, comparative world ranking would suggest that it will be Ruse who progresses.