WTA Astana Open Day 2 predictions including Mladenovic vs Danilina

Round one action continues at the inaugural edition of the WTA Astana Open on Tuesday. There are ten games on the schedule and as always, here at LWOT we will be offering our predictions for every game including Kristina Mladenovic versus Anna Danilina. But who will reach the second round in the Kazakh capital? We also predict the rest of the day’s games, split between two other articles. One shows Yulia Putintseva versus Ekaterine Gorgodze and the other shows Ana Konjuh versus Anna Blinkova.

Sultan only day 2 predictions

Anastasia Potapova versus Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove

Head-to-head: 0-1

Suspended a four-game losing streak in Ostrava last week, Potapova qualified for the peloton with a win over Stefanie Voegele and a resignation from Ekaterina Alexandrova before beating Caroline Garcia and Petra Kvitova in a second-round defeat. Pattinama Kerkhove hopes to break a four-game losing streak of their own in Nur-Sultan. Her last individual victory came in early August at an ITF W100 in Landisville, where she reached the semifinals. The 29-year-old Dutch woman has achieved better and better results in doubles over the course of her career, while the 20-year-old Russian is just beginning. Potapova has more potential and is a better player at the moment so she should win easily.
Prediction: Potapova in 2

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Vera Lapko versus Jule Niemeier

Head-to-head: first meeting

The 22-year-old Lapko starts with a protected ranking, as the previous No. 60 falls back to 408th place. The Belarusian has not played 20 games in one season since 2018 and has struggled for regular play in recent years. Lapko had a good run at their last tournament, which happened to be in Kazakhstan, and reached the final of a W25 in Almaty. Your opponent Niemeier is experiencing a breakthrough year, starts the year as number 271 and is now entering this tournament in 132nd place. The German has won 37 games this season, including two 250cc semi-finals in Strasbourg and Hamburg. With her current form, Niemeier is certainly the favorite.
Prediction: Niemeier in 2

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Jaqueline Cristian versus Natalia Vikhlyantseva

Head-to-head: first meeting

Cristian has put together some good runs this year and qualified for the quarter-finals at the WTA 500 in St. Petersburg and the semi-finals in Karlsruhe. The Romanian has a slightly positive record of 25:21 in the season, but her best result was achieved indoors. Vikhlyantseva qualified in Nur-Sultan after a three-set win over 17-year-old Kazakh Tatyana Nikolenko and a march through by Monica Niculescu. The Russian was up to 54th place in her career, but has had problems in recent years and only won 17 games in the last two seasons.
Prediction: Cristian in 2

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Kristina Mladenovic versus Anna Danilina

Head-to-head: first meeting

Third-placed Kristina Mladenovic is still a long way from her top 10 level a few years ago, but the 28-year-old has started stringing a few wins again, reaching the quarter-finals in two of her last three tournaments. Her opponent is a Kazakh wildcard in 287th place, Anna Danilina. Danilina is 26 years old and has yet to get into the top 250, despite being successful in doubles and cracking the top 100 this season. Despite the home advantage, I am confident that Mladenovic will win her opener.
Prediction: Mladenovic in 2

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