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This round 3 clash sees two evenly matched opponents face each other in what promises to be a closely-fought battle. Below is our prediction for the match.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Bernarda Pera vs Sorana Cirstea – Match Predictions
Although Pera is the higher ranked player, world number 43, the world number 83 Cirstea has much more experience and is favoured by the bookies to edge this match. We believe that our tips for the match are very solid. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Cirstea to Win
Cirstea showed sensational form in the first 2 rounds. She expectedly won quickly in straight sets against Kimberly Birrell, but then in round 2 she caused a major upset by humiliating the 19th seed Keys 6-1, 6-0.
At the same time, Pera had to go through 2 dramatic 3-set wins to reach this stage. Both her matches so far were 3-hour marathons, she saved matchpoints in both, so we don’t think there is much energy left in her. We don’t doubt Pera’s fighting spirit but we think she spent too much to reach this stage and against a player clearly in great form right now her run will come to an end.
Set 1 Score After 2 Games 1-1
With our second betting tip that a cautious start to the match will be witnessed and the result after 2 games will be 1-1. Considering that this will be the first ever meeting between the two trying to figure each other out early is logical.
Bernarda Pera vs Sorana Cirstea Preview
Let’s take a closer look at their form and hopes for the tournament.
Bernarda Pera established herself in the top 50 with some solid, if not great, results so far this year. She reached the quarterfinals in Hobart in early January. Then made it to round 3 of the Australian Open.
Her form dipped in February though and he lost 3 of her 4 games that month, all of those defeats against players ranked outside the world top 80.
Cirstea had a slow start to the year. She exited 3 of the first 4 tournaments she entered, including the Australian Open, in round 1 after 3-set defeats. The Romanian started to play better lately though and on the eve of the Indian Wells she beat the world number 12 Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Cristea has clearly brought this form with her in California and she has been very impressive in the first 2 rounds. Dropped just 6 games total in the 4 sets she won so far at Indian Wells.
Bernarda Pera vs Sorana Cirstea Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting between the two players.
Bernarda Pera vs Sorana Cirstea Match Details
- What is the scheduled start? The match will start at around 18:30 GMT on Monday, March 13th.
- How can I watch it? The match will be streamed live on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom.
- Who is the bookies’ favourite for the upcoming match? The bookmakers don’t have a clear favourite but give Sorana Cirstea a slight edge to win.