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After triumphing in the Rothesay Open, Katie Boulter turns her attention towards the Rothesay Classic. She will hope for continued success against Lin Zhu as the venues change from Nottingham to Birmingham. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Katie Boulter vs Lin Zhu – Match Predictions
Under 20.5 Games
While Jodie Burrage beat much-fancied rivals to reach the Nottingham Open final, she could not match Boulter’s efficiency. In the end, Boulter claimed silverware in 75 minutes with a 6-3 and 6-3 set score. With Zhu struggling for form, tasting defeat in six of her last seven outings, she will have a tough time against Boulter. It makes for an interesting spectacle where Boulter is the more favoured rival despite being 87 ranks below Zhu. We expect this meeting to be short, seeing less than Under 20.5 Games.
2-0 to Katie Boulter
Magdalena Frech made little work of Zhu in Nottingham, as did Lauren Davis in the French Open. It was a similar case in Madrid where Rebecca Marino easily defeated her. Straight-set defeats have been in the Chinese recent runs as six of her seven defeats have come in this manner. Boulter arriving at the back of silverware success in the Nottingham Open, registering seven straight-sets victories in seven of her last nine outings. Given her form, we expect a similar result against the struggling Zhu.
Katie Boulter vs Lin Zhu Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Birmingham Open.
Boulter preferred hard court events over participating on the European clay court swing. Her decision paid off with final appearances in W80 Gigu and W60 Fukuoka. While she struggled to get the win in Japan, Boulter’s hard work paid of on home turf. After reaching the semi-finals in W100 Surbiton, she claimed silverware in Nottingham Open. With strong performances leading up to the Birmingham Classic, Boulter will fancy her chances at the event.
Ranked 39, Lin Zhu’s consistency sets her apart from Boulter. However, she enters this meeting as an underdog with just one win from her last seven outings. Magdalena Frech was her latest vanquisher after it was hoped the grass court would suit her game better. In Boulter, she takes on a rival she has beaten before but it is in a contrastingly different form.
Katie Boulter vs Lin Zhu Head to Head
This is the second meeting between Boulter and Zhu on the WTA tour, the Chinese ace triumphing 7-6 and 7-5 in that February 2020 meeting in Acapulco.
Katie Boulter vs Lin Zhu Match Details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 11:00 GMT on 20 June.
- What is the prize money for Birmingham Open in 2023? The total prize money for the 2023 edition stands at €$251,750.
- Who is the top seed of the Birmingham Open? Barbora Krejcikova is the top seed at Birmingham Open.
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