Stosur vs Rybakina: no problems for Elena?
In the first round of the Olympics tournament in Tokyo an experienced Australian player Samantha Stosur will play against Elena Rybakina on July 24. Will there be any problems for the favourite? You can find out in our prediction.
A career of 37-year old Samantha Stosur is coming to an end for a long time now. In two years Australian player recorded only three wins out of 15 official matches.
In 2021 Samantha participated on seven tournaments. She managed to win only one match, beating her compatriot Aiava in the first round of Australian Open (6:4, 6:4). Stosur is approaching the start of Olympic Games with a string of six consecutive defeats.
For the first time in her career Elena Rybakina will represent Kazakhstan in the Olympic Games. Looking at her recent performances on tour, she is in good shape before the start of Tokyo tournament.
Rybakina played great in two most recent Grand Slam tournaments. She reached the quarter-final on Roland Garros and made it to the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Elena also reached the semi-final of grass tournament in Eastbourne.
In three out of last five Stosur's matches more games were played in the second set than in the first one
In three out of last five Rybakina's matches more than nine games were played in the second set
Samantha Stosur started to play on more tournaments recently in an attempt to gain game form. But she failed to achieve any success, Australian player didn't win a single match since February. In the current moment Rybakina is a better player than her experienced opponent. We don't think that Elena will have any problems in this match.
Our prediction - Rybakina to win with a handicap of (-6) games
Prediction: Handicap (-6) on Rybakina
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Looking at opponents' performance in the recent tournaments, we don't think that we will see a long match here. Rybakina is able to remain consistent on her serve and will have chances on the receive as well. We offer to place a bet on total under.
Our second bet is on total under 19 games