WTA Bad Homburg Day 1 Predictions

Our second set of WTA Bad Homburg Day 1 predictions includes the likes of Sloane Stephens and Ludmilla Samsonova. All the players in attendance this week will be eager to find form on grass for Wimbledon, even though the Grand Slam won’t be worth ranking points this year. Russians and Belarusians like Samsonova in particular will be eager to make their mark, as players from those two countries will not be attending Wimbledon this year. With that in mind, let’s take a look at these four games and who should win them. As always, feel free to share your thoughts or comments using the comment section below!

WTA Bad Homburg Day 1 Predictions

Lucia Bronzetti vs Kaja Juvan

Head-to-head: first meeting

Kaja Juvan is the clear favorite here. The young Slovenian has much more experience on grass and was Wimbledon junior champion in 2017. Lucia Bronzetti, on the other hand, has only played two matches on grass at ITF level or above in her career. As such, the Italian will likely take some time to adjust to the surface. That’s not an ideal situation against someone as aggressive as Juvan. Juvan has been a rising star on the tour for quite some time now and 2022 looks set to be the year she establishes herself as a top player in the women’s game. I expect good things from here in the coming weeks and she should have one of many wins to come here against Bronzetti.

Prediction: Juvan in 3
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Veronika Kudermetova vs Anna Kalinskaya

Head to head: 1 – 0 Kudermetova

Both players have had great years on the WTA Tour, so it’s a real shame neither of them will be making an appearance at Wimbledon this year. Both Veronika Kudermetova and Anna Kalinskaya are Russian and will therefore sit out the third Grand Slam of the year. However, they can still make an impact outside of Wimbledon. Both will appreciate their chances of a deep run here if they can overcome this tricky first hurdle. Kudermetova has the superior service and more power from the ground. However, Kalinskaya has more variety in her playing. Power often wins at the WTA, so I support Kudermetova here, but expect a close fight that could go very well.

Prediction: Kudermetova in 3
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Ludmilla Samsonova vs Kamilla Rakhimova

Head to head: 1 – 0 Samsonova

Samsonova should win this match and do it convincingly. The Russian won her first WTA title on grass last year and looked fantastic. When players discover grass, they perform well on the surface year after year. As such, she should eventually surface well despite a poor start on grass so far. She won’t be featured in Wimbledon, which means she’ll need to be even more determined to make an impact here. Rakhimova is a talented young player who is likely to have a bright future on tour. However, I don’t see her being able to handle Samsonova’s strength in this one.

Prediction: Samsonova in 2
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Sloane Stephens vs Katie Swan

Head-to-head: first meeting

Katie Swan was once the darling of British tennis and many hoped she would make it into the top 100 at some point in her career. However, that never happened and the opportunity may have passed her by. A deep run in a tournament like this could change all that, but I don’t think it will happen here. Stephens has found good tennis in recent weeks and is Grand Slam champion at her best. She was shockingly bad at her worst, but those moments seem to be behind her now and she seems more consistent, if not spectacular. The American isn’t comfortable on grass, but she has more than enough talent to make up for that and win here.

Predictions: Stephens in 2
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