Donna Vekic v Liudmila Samsonova Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Courmayeur Open 2021: Russian Tipped for the Final

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World No. 97, Donna Vekic of Croatia, will take on Liudmila Samsonova of Russia, the world number 42, and number three seed, in the semi-finals of the 2021 Courmayeur Open on Saturday, October 30. Get the live streaming options of this Donna Vekic v Liudmila Samsonova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Donna Vekic v Liudmila Samsonova Head to Head

The pair have played each other once before at the French Open in 2019, Vekic winning in straight sets.

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Vekic Prospering Against Chinese Opposition

It has been a largely disappointing season for the Croat Vekic, but she still harbours hopes of redeeming something form it after reaching the semi-finals of a tournament where she has exclusively faced Chinese opposition to date.

She began by defeating the world number 151 Qinwen Zheng, although the world number 151 did take her to a tie-break in the first set.

Next up was her namesake Saisai Zheng, and she was also beaten in straight sets.

The third member of that triumvirate, Wang Xinyu, was her quarter-final opponent on Friday.

Vekic began well, breaking Wang in the opening game of the match, and she was able to consolidate that to claim the first set.

The pair began the second set by exchanging breaks, but then the Chinese woman dropped her serve again, and the match was as good as over.

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Samsonova’s Serene Progress to the Semi-Finals

Samsonova has reached the semi-finals in Italy, without seriously having to exert herself so far.

She did get the benefit of a kind draw, meeting two qualifiers, Stephanie Wagner of Germany, and Aliona Bolsova-Zadionov in the earlier rounds but dealt with anything they had to offer with ease.

Compatriot Anna Kalinskaya, the world number 114, in theory offered a stiffer challenge in Friday’s quarter-final, but it proved to be a one-sided contest in the end.

The match began with three consecutive breaks of serve, leading Samsonova a break up. However, two more breaks enabled her to claim the first set in just 25 minutes.

A further break midway through the second set put Samsonova in complete control and her dominance was underlined when serving to stay in the match, Kalinskaya dropped her serve for a final time.

Vekic v Samsonova Prediction and Tip

Although Vekic won their previous match, that was when she was a top 20 player in the world. Based on current form, the  Russian will start the favourite to turn the tables this time.

Tip: Samsonova to win: 5/7 (Click Here to Bet with 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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