World No. 61, Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic will take on Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea of Romania, the world 39, and number four seed, in the first round of the 2021 Slovenian Open on Wednesday, September 13. Get the live streaming options of this Tereza Martincova v Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Tereza Martincova v Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea Head to Head
The pair have played each other before twice before, and their head-to-head record is one win apiece.
Cirstea won their first match on clay in Prague in 2017, but, last month, on the hard courts of Chicago, it was Martincova who came from behind to win in three sets.
Martincova, Finalist in Prague
That was on clay, the same surface on which she has won two of her four ITF title, the most recent of which came in Bredenev, Germany, two years ago.
Prior to this tournament, the Czech woman’s best recent result had come in Chicago, where she reached the third round before losing to the Swede Rebecca Peterson. Her stay at the US Open was brief though, as she was beaten in the first round by Victoria Azarenka.
She overcame though any residual disappointment from that with a straightforward win over Kristina Kucova of Slovakia, the world number 119, in the first round in Portoroz on Tuesday.
Martincova started strongly and was soon two breaks up, before Kucova rallied, recovered both breaks and levelled the match. However, serving to stay in the match, the Slovak was broken once more, and the Czech had a lead she was never to relinquish.
She broken Kucova early in the second set and, when her only serve came under pressure, saved three break points. She consolidated her advantage with another break, and was able to serve out for the match.
Cirstea Makes a Confident Start
The number four seed made a confident start to her campaign in Slovenia with a comfortable victory over Heather Watson, of Great Britain, the world number 64, in the first round on Monday.
The match began scrappily, with the first three games going against serve, but, crucially for Cirstea, she was a break up after that sequence. And two more breaks gave her the set, although Watson did have break back opportunities which she failed to convert.
Cirstea broke again early in the second set and that, ultimately proved to be enough. The Romanian saved three break points in her next service game, but was never threatened after that, and she was able to cruise to victory in a little over an hour.
Martincova v Cirstea Prediction and Tip
The pair played each other than a month ago in Chicago, and Martincova was able to win that match in three sets. Despite Cirstea being the seed and higher ranked, that may just give Martincova the psychological edge.