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An enticing opening round awaits at the Citi Open as Jennifer Brady takes on Anhelina Kalinina. As they step on the court, both players will be keen to build on their prior form and make a strong statement in this hard-fought contest. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Jennifer Brady vs Anhelina Kalinina – Match Predictions
Anhelina Kalinina to Win
Brady is on the comeback trail after being out of action since the 2021 Cinncinati Masters. She has a tough task on her hands as Kalinina flies high as the 28th-ranked star, with 1028 ranking slots separating them. Moreover, the Ukrainian has been in good form, reaching the Rome Masters final. Given Kalinina’s greater activity and Brady’s lack of it, we are backing a win for the Ukrainian.
Over 20.5 Games
Against Okamura, Brady was in sublime form, winning 6-2 and 6-3. Her defeat to Sakatsume came in straight sets but it was not a one-sided affair as evidenced by the 6-4 and 7-6 games counter. A similar resilience was seen in Kalinina’s loss at Wimbledon to Andreescu, where she was knocked out 6-2, 4-6 and 7-6. Given their recent results, we expect a tough battle that will see them go deep with Over 20.5 games on show.
Jennifer Brady vs Anhelina Kalinina Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Citi Open.
The former world number 13 is making a comeback on the WTA tour after a two-year gap. Her last outing was against Jelena Ostapenko, where she had to retire while being a set ahead. She has defeated Kalinina before but was playing close to her best tennis then. As it stands, Brady still has her fighting spirit as was evidenced in her 2-0 defeat to Sakatsume. The American ace can still cause problems for those around her and will hope so to get a wildcard entry to the US Open.
After a strong start to the campaign, Anhelina has struggled to give her best in recent weeks. The grass-court swing saw her finish with a 3-4 record, not going past the second round in any of the four competitions she participated in. This came on the back of a first-round ousting at Roland Garros, an unimpressive conclusion to her clay court journey after reaching the final at the Rome Masters. Against Brady, she will want to get back to winning ways but will be wary of her given her 2-0 dismantling in Doha back in 2019.
Jennifer Brady vs Anhelina Kalinina Head to Head
Brady and Kalinina have faced each other once before, during the 2019 Doha Open. In that encounter, the American displayed her dominance on the court, securing a convincing 2-0 victory over Kalinina.
Jennifer Brady vs Anhelina Kalinina Match Details
- What is the prize money for Citi Open 2023? The total prize money for Citi Open 2023 is $2,013,940.
- Where is the match being played? The venue for this fixture is Rock Creek Park Tennis Centre.
- Who is the reigning Citi Open champion? Nick Kyrgios and Jessica Pegula are the current champions.
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