Among the seeds in first round action at the 2021 WTA Lausanne Open are local favourite Jil Teichmann who will take on Maryna Zanevska of Belgium, and France’s Caroline Garcia up against Alexandra Dulgharu of Romania. Get the live streaming options for these matches along with Anna Blinkova v Olga Govortsova and Varvara Gracheva v Mandy Minella.
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Jil Teichmann v Maryna Zanevska Preview
The world number 56 and third seed for this tournament, Teichmann began the year strongly, with successive semi-finals in Adelaide and Dubai, but the switch to clay and grass did not benefit her at all, and her form began to tail off badly.
Since Dubai she has only won two matches on the WTA tour, first round victories in Madrid and Strasbourg. Teichmann missed the French Open this year, and was beaten in the first round of Wimbledon by Camila Giorgi of Italy. Last week she suffered another first round defeat in Hamburg, losing to the world number 133 Elena Gabriela Ruse of Romania.
Her opponent Zanevska was born in Ukraine, and competed for them for a number of years before becoming a Belgian citizen in 2016. Best known as a doubles player, she has been in four WTA finals, all of them on clay, but lost all of them.
In terms of singles, she mainly competes on the ITF tour, where she has won 18 titles, most recently last month on clay in Slovenia.
Despite her comparative lack of recent form, Teichmann is playing in home conditions, and is far more experienced at this level. This tips the odds in her favour.
Teichmann v Zanevska Tip
Teichmann to win: 5/7 (bet365)
Caroline Garcia v Alexandra Dulgharu Preview
The fifth seed Caroline Garcia will be up against the Romanian Dulgharu who is ranked almost 300 places than her in the world.
The winner of seven previous WTA titles, and a Grand Slam winner in doubles, Garcia is not enjoying her best year on tour so far, and has only made the third round of the various events she has entered on three occasions, most recently in Parma in May.
She comes into this match having lost her last three matches – in Eastbourne qualification and in the first rounds of both Wimbledon and Hamburg.
Fortunately for her, the draw has been kind to her and pitted her against the lowly ranked Dulgharu, although, at her peak, she was a top 30 player and won the Warsaw Open on clay in successive years between 2009 and 2010.
Injuries though have taken their toll since then, and now she appears on the ITF tour, whilst studying economics at university.
Whilst not at the peak of her form, it would be a major surprise if there were not a straightforward win for Garcia.
Garcia v Dulgharu Tip
Garcia to win: 4/7 (bet365)
Anna Blinkova v Olga Govortsova Preview
Blinkova, the world number 82, has been seeded eight in Lausanne. She has won one senior singles title, the New Haven Challenger in 2019, and also achieved doubles success the previous year at the Morocco Open.
Her best result in 2021 came in a Challenger event in Croatia in May where she reached the semi-finals, although she comes into this event just having made the second round of Wimbledon for the second time in her career.
Govortsova was once ranked as high as 35 in the world, and, at her peak, appeared in four finals, including the prestigious Kremlin Cup in 2009, although she lost them all. However, her best days would appear to be in the past, and these days she alternates between the ITF tour and trying to qualify for senior WTA events.
To her credit she did both that at the French Open and Wimbledon, but then lost in the first round each time.
However, she comes into Lausanne in confident mood, having just reached the final of the Challenger event in Bastad, where she lost to the Spaniard Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the final on Saturday, beaten in straight sets.’
Blinkova should have too much for the woman from Belarus based on current experience at this level and world ranking.
Blinkova v Govortsova Tip
Blinkova to win: 9/11 (bet365)
Varvara Gracheva v Mandy Minella Preview
The 20-year old Russian Gracheva has won 7 times on the ITF tour, all clay court events, with her most recent success coming in Valencia two years ago. Since switching to the senior tour, she has climbed steadily up the standings. And is now at her highest world ranking of 89.
Her best recent result came at the French Open, where she matched her previous best result in a Grand Slam by reaching the third round.
Minella is one of the best players that Luxembourg has ever produced, and partnered by Timea Babos of Hungary, she won two senior doubles events in 2013, in Colombia and Morocco.
Three years later she achieved her best singles result when she was runner-up to Polona Hercog of Slovenia in the Bul Open in Croatia.
Spending most of her time on the ITF tour, she seldom features in the main draws of WTA events. However, last week, she made it through qualifying to take her place in the first round in Hamburg, only to lose to the German Tamara Koptsch.
Gracheva is a player on the rise, whilst Minella’s best days may be behind her. That makes the Russian the favourite for this match.
Gracheva v Minella Tip
Gracheva to win: 6/13 (bet365)