Errani vs Pavlyuchenkova: a difficult opponent for Anastasia
In the first round of tennis tournament in the Summer Olympic Games at Tokyo Sara Errani will take on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on July 24. Russian player won four out six head-to-head matches, but it was not easy for her. Our expert prepared a prediction for this match.
Sara Errani will play on the Olympic Games for the fourth time. An experienced Italian player put up her most successful performance at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Sara reached the round of 16 in Brazil, but then lost to Daria Kasatkina (5:7, 2:6). Without a doubt, experience is a key factor on such an important tournament.
In 2021 Errani plays on many tournaments, but she rarely puts up good results. Nonetheless, Italian player surprised everyone at Australian Open, she reached the third round of that hard tournaments, beating three rounds of qualification before that.
2021 is a special season for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. For the first time in her career Russian player reached the final of Roland Garros. Anastasia was beaten by Barbora Krejcikova in the final match at Paris (1:6, 6:2, 4:6).
After a major success in Paris the results of Russian player went downhill. She won only two out of four matches on the grass. Pavlyuchenkova prepared for the Olympic tournament in Tokyo at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk training camp.
In two out of last three head-to-head matches tiebreaks were played
In four out of last six head-to-head matches Pavlyuchenkova and Errani played more than nine games in the second set
Players have a big history of head-to-head matches. Pavlyuchenkova won four out of last six head-to-head matches. But only two of them were recorded in straight sets. Errani has a vast experience of performances on the Olympic Games and she rarely leaves the court without a fight. We are not sure that the Russian player will adapt to the local courts. We think that the best choice for this match is a bet on Errani to win at least one set,
Our prediction - Errani to win with a (+1.5) handicap on sets
Prediction: Handicap (+1.5) on sets for Errani
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Matches between Errani and Pavlyuchenkova are usually closely contested. No one wants to leave the Olympic Games in Tokyo after the first round. We are expecting at least 19 games to be played in this match.
Our second bet is on total over 19 games