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Emma Navarro is one of the best young players on the tour and will try to reach the Cincinnati Open main draw in the last qualifying round against veteran Rebecca Marino.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Marino is 10 years older than Navarro and it will be interesting to see if the experience will prevail against the youth.
Navarro is having an excellent season and this may be the match that will eventually put her in the Top 50 of the WTA rankings for the first time in her career. Navarro moves well on the court and plays with a lot of energy. Marino plays solid from the base line but often she is inconsistent and that will cost her the win today.
Over 21.5 games
This will be a tough battle between two great competitors. Their previous match went all the way to the third set tie-break and this will be another long match that will go over 21.5 games in total.
Both players needed three sets to advance to the final qualifying round at the Western & Southern Open. Navarro is considered a major favorite in this match since she has a better ranking and a better season record.
Rebecca Marino is 103rd in the world and her career high was No. 38. The 32-year-old is 17-20 for the season and 13-11 on hard.
In the first qualifying round, she went past Camila Giorgi after the Italian retired in the final set.
Last week, Marino lost in the opening round in Montreal to Katie Boultier 6-3, 6-1.
Her best result this season was the semifinal at the ITF Granby tournament where she lost to Ketherine Sebov. At the WTA tour, she reached the quarterfinal in Birmingham losing to Lin Zhu.
Emma Navarro is 54th in the rankings, one spot lower than her career high. She is 44-17 for the season and 4-4 on hard.
In the first qualifying round, Navarro defeated Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Previously, Navarro played in Lausanne where she lost to Clara Burel 6-3, 6-2 after winning 6-0, 6-0 in the opener against Leolia Jeanjean.
Navarro won three lower level tournaments so far in the season. She lifted the trophy in Charlottesville, Charleston and Naples, all three times playing on clay.
Emma Navarro won the only previous match against Rebecca Marino. It was the opening round of the WTA Vancouver Open last year where the American won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6.
- When will the match between Marino vs Navarro be played? The match is scheduled for August 13 at 19:30 GMT.
- Who is the favorite in the match between Marino vs Navarro? Given the odds, Navarro is a slight favorite to win this match.
- Who is the defending champion of the Western & Southern Open? Caroline Garcia won the Western & Southern Open last year.
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