Day 1 predictions for WTA Bad Homburg

Our second set of predictions for the first day of WTA Bad Homburg includes the likes Sloane Stephens Ludmila Samsonova. All the players featured this week will be keen to find shape on the grass ahead of Wimbledon, even if a Grand Slam doesn’t deserve any rating points this year. Russians and Belarusians like Samsonova will be particularly keen to make their mark, as players from those two countries will not be at Wimbledon this year. With that in mind, let’s take a look at these four matches and who should win them. As always, feel free to share any thoughts or comments you might have using the comments section below!

Day 1 predictions for WTA Bad Homburg

Lucia Bronzetti x Kaja Jovan

Face to face: first meeting

Caja Jovan is my favorite here. The young Slovenian has more grass experience and was the Wimbledon junior champion in 2017. By contrast, Lucia Bronzetti has played only two matches on grass at ITF level or above in her career. As such, the Italian will likely take some time to adjust to the surface. This is not an ideal situation to be up against someone as aggressive as Jovan. Juvan has been a rising star on the tour for quite some time now 2022 appears to be the year she cemented her position as the best player in the women’s game. I expect good things from here in the coming weeks and she has to get one of the many victories that will come here against my bronze.

Prediction: Jovan at 3
Embed from Getty Images

Veronika Kudremetova vs. Anna Kalinskaya

Head to head: 1 – 0 Kudermetova

These two are having great years on the WTA tour, so it’s a pity that neither of them will be at Wimbledon this year. Veronika Kudretova and Anna Kalinskaya are both Russian and will play their third Grand Slam of the year as a result. However, they can still make an impact far from Wimbledon. Both would love their chances of running deep here if we can overcome this tough first hurdle. Kudermetova has superior service and more power off the ground. However, Kalinskaya has more variety in its game. Strength often wins in the WTA, so I’m supporting Kudermetova here, but I’m expecting a close competition that might go the distance.

Prediction: Kudermetova at 3
Embed from Getty Images

Ludmila Samsonova vs Camila Rakimova

Head to head: 1 – 0 Samsonova

Samsonova must win this match and do it convincingly. The Russian won her first WTA title on grass last year and she looked fantastic doing so. When players spot turf, they tend to perform well on the surface year after year. As such, it should eventually surface well despite the grass’s poor start so far. She won’t be at Wimbledon, which means she should be more determined to make an impact here. Rakhimova is a talented young player who is likely to have a bright future on this tour. However, I can’t see she can handle Samsonova’s strength in this.

Prediction: Samsonova at 2
Embed from Getty Images

Sloane Stephens vs. Katie Swan

Face to face: first meeting

Katie Swan She was once the darling of British tennis and many hoped to make her into the top 100 at some point in her career. However, that never materialized and the opportunity might have passed her by. A deep run into a tournament like this could change all that, but I don’t think that’s going to happen here. Stephens has found some good tennis in recent weeks and is a Grand Slam champion at her best. She was at her shockingly bad worst, but those moments seem to be behind her now and seem a lot more consistent if not amazing yet. The American isn’t at her best on grass, but she has more than enough talent to make up for that and take the win here.

Predictions: Stevens at 2
main picture:
Embed from Getty Images