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It’s a battle of contrasting paths to the final as Arantxa Rus and Noma Noha Akugue lock horns in Hamburg. Rus, a seasoned veteran, has fought through gruelling three-setters on her way to the final, while 19-year-old wildcard Akugue has been a revelation, stunning opponents and saving match points to reach her first-ever WTA final. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Noma Noha Akugue vs Arantxa Rus – Match Predictions
Noma Noha Akugue to Win
It will be difficult to root against the home support for Noha Akugue. The German ace has been in sensational form, showcasing her pedigree and resilience to reach the final. In Rus, she will come across a rival who claimed Contrexeville crown and will now look to finish July with two titles. While the Dutch ace has struggled, needing deciding sets to triumph, Noha Akugue’s path has been more clear. With the crowd’s support and youthful exuberance on her side, we are backing the German to triumph in this meeting.
2-1 to Noha Akugue
Both Noha Akugue and Rus have impressed in Hamburg and will put up an exciting battle at Am Rothenbaum. We expect blows to be exchanged as both participants have shown the will to come back despite matters getting complicated. While Rus has experience on her side, the crowd’s support will come in handy for the teenager Noha Akugue. It helped her against Trevisan and Hunter and will come to her aide in the deciding set again. Based on this, we are backing a 2-1 victory for Noha Akugue.
Noma Noha Akugue vs Arantxa Rus Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Hamburg Open.
Noma Noha Akugue
The 19-year-old wildcard Noma Noha Akugue has been a revelation in front of her home crowd at the Hamburg Open. She reached the semi-finals in W60 Amstelveen and showed no jitters making her WTA main draw debut. Her remarkable run to the final includes victories over more experienced opponents and saving match points against formidable foes, including Martina Trevisan, Diana Shnaider and Storm Hunter. Akugue’s hometown support and tenacity on the court have made her a rising star to watch.
Arantxa Rus has been in exceptional form in recent matches, displaying her resilience and skill on the clay courts. The 32-year-old experienced a breakthrough win in her career, securing her first-ever WTA final with a comeback victory against Daria Saville. Throughout the tournament, Rus has shown her ability to fight back from difficult situations, prevailing in multiple three-set matches. Her impressive performances on clay this season, winning 39 out of 46 matches, including four titles, indicate her proficiency on this surface.
Noma Noha Akugue vs Arantxa Rus Head to Head
As they step onto the court for the first time in the Hamburg Open final, Rus and Noha Akugue have a clean slate in their rivalry.
Noma Noha Akugue vs Arantxa Rus Match Details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 12:30 GMT on 29 July.
- What is the prize money for WTA Hamburg Open 2023? The total prize money for Hamburg Open 2023 is €225,480.
- Who is the top seed of the Hamburg Open? Donna Vekic has top billing in the women’s singles at Hamburg Open 2023.
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