Yastremska v Paolini & Kalinskaya v Samsonova Live Streaming & Prediction for WTA Courmayeur Open

Yastremska v Paolini & Kalinskaya v Samsonova Live Streaming
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The quarter-final action at the 2021 WTA Courmayeur Open will feature top seed Dayana Yastremska against local favourite Jasmine Paolini, and an all-Russian clash between Anna Kalinskaya and Liudmila Samsonova for these matches along with Donna Vekic v Wang Xin and Clara Tauson v Ann Li.

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Dayana Yastremska v Jasmine Paolini Preview

Yastremska missed the first part of the season after being found guilty of doping, although the ITF later determined that she bore no fault and was not guilty of negligence for the positive test result.

Nonetheless, the time spent out of the game partially derailed her career for w while, so she will be keen to at least finish 2021 on a high.

The top seed in Courmayeur, although only currently ranked world number 79, she began her campaign with an easy win over the experienced Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.

Compatriot Kateryna Kozlova, the world number 132, proved to be a much more obdurate opponent, and took her to three sets before she eventually triumphed.

Paolini reached two 125k series finals earlier this year, losing in Saint-Malo, and winning in Croatia. And she followed that up by winning her first senior WTA title, the Hamburg Open.

Although notionally the lower ranked player, Yastremska is the top seed here  and is set to justify that by beating the local favourite.

Yastremska v Paolini Tip

Yastremska to win: 8/11 (bet365)

Anna Kalinskaya v Liudmila Samsonova Preview

Kalinskaya’s best  result prior to Italy was at Indian Wells where she came through qualifying to make the last 16, before losing to Ons Jabeur.

But she has made it through to the quarter-final in Italy by beating two higher ranked players, beginning with the local woman Martina Trevisan, beating her in straight sets for the loss of six games.

And then she played the American Alison Riske, the world number 50, who is in the middle of a sustained run of poor form. That seemed likely to continue when Kalinskaya took the first set, but Riske hit back strongly, claiming the second set to love. Bit no sooner had it reappeared than the American’s form disappeared again and Kalinskaya claimed the third set and the match.

Samsonova’s best results have come on grass this year. She won in Berlin and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon. However, she has a chance to prove she can play on indoor hard courts in Italy as well.

She breezed past the German qualifier Stephanie Wagner in the first round, and then met another qualifier in the form of the Spaniard Aliona Bolsova-Zadionov, defeating her in straight sets.

Samsonova as the higher ranked player will start the clear favourite against her compatriot.

Kalinskaya v Samsonova Tip

Samsonova to win: 4/7 (bet365)

Donna Vekic v Wang Xinyu Preview

Vekic’s 2021 form has seen her plummet down the world rankings and she is now ranked number 92 in the world. This means that is now into only her second quarter-final since January 2020, and she has got to this stage by beating two Chinese opponents, both in  straight sets. She began with a victory against the qualifier Zheng Qinwon, and followed that up by defeating Zheng Saisai despite producing a high number of winners.

Xinyu, the world number 110, is in her second tour level quarter final, having also got to this stage in Prague.

She had an easy opener in Italy, against the Spanish qualifier Cristina Bursa and was leading by a set and was 5- 0 up in the second when her opponent retire through injury. And then she beat compatriot Shuai Zhang, the world number 58, for the second time in successive weeks.

However, she is carrying a thigh injury so there is a doubt over her fitness.

Vekic has all the experience on her side, and, with doubts over Xinyu’s fitness, the Croat will start favourite.

Vekic v Xinyu Tip

Vekic to win: 8/15 (bet365)

Clara Tauson v Ann Li Preview

The Danish teenager Tauson, the world number 49 and number five seed, has already had a season to remember winning her first two senior titles. And now she has the chance to cap it off with another strong performance in Italy.

Certainly, there has been little to disturb her progress in Courmayeur so far, breezing past the Stephanie Voegele of Switzerland, the world 116, in the first round for the loss of just four games.

Local qualifier Giulia Gatto Montecone put up more resistance in their second round match which began with the Dane dropping her opening two service games. But she responded with three breaks of her own to take the set, and pulled away after that.

Like Tauson, Li has also won two titles in 2021, sharing the Grampians Trophy with Anett Kontaveit, and then last week, claiming the Tenerife tournament on her own. Ranked number 48 in the world, she has had to fight her way to the quarter final stage, taking three sets to overcome Kamilia Rakhimova of Russia, the world 118, in the first round and then had to come from behind to defeat the Pole Magdalena Frech.

Although Li is ranked the higher of the two, Tauson appears to be in the better form in Italy, and will start favourite.

Tauson v Li Tip

Tauson to win: 1/2 (bet365)

The 2021 Courmayeur Open will be played from October 25 to 31. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

About Andy Dalziel 1214 Articles
Andy is English but a long time resident of Cyprus. When not writing about tennis and other sports, he is also a Chartered Accountant. In his spare moments, he spends more time than is healthy worrying about his beloved Arsenal.

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