World No. 31, and the number twenty-nine seed, Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia, will take on Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, the world number 66, in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open on Monday, January 17. Get the live streaming options of this Tamara Zidansek v Arantxa Rus match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Tamara Zidansek v Arantxa Rus Head to Head
The pair have met once before in Linz in November 2020, Rus winning in straight sets.
French Open Semi-Finalist Zidansek
Last year, Zidansek reached her maiden Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros in Paris, with that run including victories over Bianca Andreescu and Paola Badosa, before she was eventually beaten by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
The following month she claimed her maiden WTA title in Lausanne.
Both of those tournaments were on clay, which remains her preferred surface.
This will be only her fourth time competing in the main draw in Melbourne, having failed to qualify in 2017 and 2018. The following two years she reached the second round, but lost in the opening round last year.
Zidansek began her season in Adelaide, but was beaten in the opening round in three sets by Maria Sakkari of Greece, the world number six.
In the second iteration of Adelaide, she did much better, reaching the semi-finals before withdrawing from her match with Alison Riske of the USA as a precaution after feeling an injury niggle.
Rus Now the Dutch Number One
With the retirement of Kiki Bertens from the sport, Rus has inherited the vacant Dutch number one spot.
She has enjoyed considerable success on the ITF tour, where she has won 27 titles, including three in 2021, whilst she was beaten in another final. The fact though that all of those were clay court events gives an indication as to where the strength of her game lies.
This is the sixth time she will feature in the main draw of the Australian Open, but she has never been beyond the second round before. Last year, she suffered an opening round defeat, not only in Melbourne, but in all four Grand Slams.
Rus has played just one warm-up match so far this year, beaten in the first round in Sydney by Petra Kvitova, the world number 21, in three sets.
Zidansek v Rus Prediction and Tip
Neither woman has a good record in Melbourne, and both are happier on clay. However, Zidansek does have the experience of playing in a Grand Slam semi-final, and that should stand in good stead in this match.