In a repeat of the Berlin Open final, top seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland will face Russia’s Ludmilla Samsonova in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Luxembourg Open on Friday, September 17. Get the live streaming options of this Belinda Bencic v Ludmilla Samsonova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Belinda Bencic v Ludmilla Samsonova Head to Head
They have met just once before, in the Berlin Open final this year, when Samsonova, playing as a qualifier, stunned Bencic 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 to win the title.
Bencic Makes A Brisk Start
Top seed Belinda Bencic, who received a first-round bye, moved into the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open, with a straight sets rout of Zarina Diyas in the second round on Thursday.
The Swiss broke Diyas thrice to win the first set without breaking a sweat. She was broken early by the Kazakh in the second, but she responded immediately to restore parity and then broke again a couple of games later to take a decisive lead before closing out the contest 6-1, 6-3 in 60 minutes.
The World no. 12 won 88% first serve points and dropped just 11 points on her serve in the entire match. She was also solid on Diyas’ serve, winning 53% return points and breaking her opponent five times from 13 break point chances.
Bencic will be playing in a seventh quarterfinal of the season on Friday. She went on to win the gold at the Olympics and finished runner-up in Berlin and Adelaide, but failed to reach the semifinals on three other occasions. The most recent of her last eight exits came at the U.S. Open, when she was sent packing by eventual champion Emma Raducanu.
Madrid and Cincinnati were the other two tournaments where the four-time WTA winner reached the quarterfinals.
Samsonova Battles Past Dodin
Beaten by Oceane Dodin in an ITF tournament final in Reims in October last year, Samsonova got her revenge over the Frenchwoman on Wednesday, defeating Dodin in their first-ever tour-level meeting and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open.
It will be the second time this season that the 22-year-old Russian will be featuring in a quarterfinal, having reached that stage in Berlin, where she went on to win the title.
Dodin didn’t make it easy for the World no. 48, who had to endure two tiebreaks to take the contest 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) in two hours and 10 minutes.
Samsonova had a relatively easier outing in the first round, defeating Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 16 minutes.
Ranked 127th at the end of last year, Samsonova broke into the top 50 this week, reaching a career-high of No. 48. She had a terrific grass season, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon and winning her maiden title in Berlin. Playing as a qualifier, Samsonova defeated five top 50 players in a row, including Madison Keys, Victoria Azarenka and Bencic in the last three matches to win the title.
Bencic v Samsonova Prediction and Tip
The last time they met, Bencic had comfortably won the first set, but an unfazed Samsonova fought back to clinch the title. The Swiss may feel a bit of pressure going into this contest, but eventually she should come out on top this time around.