Among the players in first round action at the 2021 WTA Palermo Open are Valeria Savinykh of Russia, and Katarina Zavatska of the Ukraine. Savinykh will face Francesca di Lorenzo of the USA, whilst Zavatska will face Lizette Cabrera of Australia. Get the live streaming options for these matches along with Kamilla Rakhimova v Olga Danilovic and Viktoriya Tomova v Lucia Bronzetti.
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Valeria Savinykh v Francesca di Lorenzo Preview
Now 30, Savinykh was briefly ranked as high as 99 in the world nine years ago, although she now finds herself out of the world’s top 200 players.
Her biggest successes on the senior tour have come in doubles events, where she reached two finals six years apart, beaten with Anne Keothavong at the Brazil Cup in 2013, and losing the Japan Open with Christine McHale in 2019.
She has enjoyed more recent success in singles on the ITF tour, where she won the event in Calvi, France in April.
And, on Sunday, she was the beaten finalist in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, losing to the Georgian Mariam Bolkvadze, in three sets.
Di Lorenzo played tennis on the college circuit in the US for Ohio State University, ranked as the nation’s top talent when graduating from high school. That followed on from a junior career in which she reached both the singles and the doubles in the junior events at the US Open in 2015.
Turning pro, she made her Grand Sam debut at the 2018 US Open, after coming through qualifying and went on to reach the second round before losing to Kiki Bertens.
Currently ranked 164 in the world, she has won four tournaments on the ITF circuit, the most recent of which was in Toronto in November 2019.
Savinykh v Di Lorenzo Tip
Di Lorenzo to win: 4/9 (bet365)
Katerina Zavatska v Lizette Cabrera Preview
Shortly before lockdown last year, Zavatska was on the verge of breaking into the top 100, and, although her ranking has drifted slightly since then, the 21-yer old still has ambitions of playing at a higher level.
She has appeared in 12 finals on the ITF tour, winning six of them, most recently in Contrexeville, France two years ago.
Zavatska has a decent record against top ten players and in her career has already beaten the likes of Bianca Andreescu. Sara Errani and Jelena Ostapenko.
This year she qualified for the French Open for the second successive year, but was beaten in the first round by the eventual semi-finalist, Maris Sakkari of Greece.
Like Zavatska, Cabrera achieved het r highest career ranking last year, just before the global shutdown of the sport. She hs won five ITF titles, all on hard courts, most recently on home soil in Bendigo, in November 2019.
Cabrera has not played a great deal of tennis in 2021, and results have generally been disappointing, and she has not been beyond the second round of any event she has entered.
She was last in action at an ITF tournament in Prague, where she lost in the first round.
Zavatska v Cabrera Tip
Zavatska to win in straight sets: 3/4 (bet365)
Kamilla Rakhimova v Olga Danilovic Preview
Teenage Russian Rakhimova won her first senior WTA title in doubles at the post-Melbourne event, the Phillip Island Trophy in February, when she was partnered by Ankita Raina of India.
And, just last week, she finished runner-up in Bastad in the doubles, this time with the Slovak player Tereza Mihalkova.
As a singles player, she has been in eight ITF Finals winning five of them, with all her successes coming on hard courts.
Her last appearance in singles in Lausanne saw her reach the second round before losing to Clara Buhel of France, ranked 125th in the world.
Unlike many in the field in Palermo, Danilovic has won a senior WTA title, the Moscow River Cup in 2018. And, like Rakhimova she has also enjoyed success in doubles’ events, winning the Tashkent Open in 2018, and finishing runner-up, along with Eugenie Bouchard in Lyon in March.
The Serbian has not enjoyed the best results recently, but there indications that she may be finding some of her old form back in Budapest last week, where, having come through qualifying, she reached the quarter-finals before losing in straight sets to local wildcard Dalma Galfi.
Rakhimova v Danilovic Tip
Danilovic to win: 8/11 (bet365)
Viktoriya Tomova v Lucia Bronzetti Preview
Tomova, who represents Bulgaria at the Federation Cup, recently reached her career-high WTA singles ranking of 105.
She is a familiar figure on the ITF circuit, where she has appeared in 23 singles finals, winning 16 of them, and is equally adept on hard courts and clay.
In addition, she has won her fair share of doubles’ events as well.
On the senior tour this year, her best result came in Bogota in April, where she reached the semi-finals before losing to Tamara Zidansek. And, more recently, she reached the same stage in Belgrade, beaten on that occasion by Paula Badoss of Spain.
Last week though, she was beaten in the first round of Budapest by Paula Ormacchea of Argentina, the world number 255.
Like Tomova, Bronzetti is close to her career high ranking and comes into this tournament buoyed by her performances last week in Lausanne, where she beat the world number 82, Anna Blinkova of Russia, before losing to Zidansek.
She has won four titles on the ITF circuit and appeared in a further three, with clay her preferred surface. She has also appeared in four doubles finals, two of them this year, both in Italy, winning in Grado in June and losing in Turin earlier this month.
Tomova v Bronzetti Tip
Bronzetti to win: 4/7 (bet365)