Predictions for the second day of the WTA in Madrid including Osaka and Potapova

The first round action continues with day two of the WTA Motua Madrid Open, a day packed with action including the biggest stars in women’s tennis right now. As always, we here at LWOT will preview and predict every match including the Monica Puig and Maria Saccari match. Who do you think will win?

Predictions for the second day of the WTA

Jessica Pegula x Camila Giorgi

Head to head: Pegula 4-2 Giorgi

Pegula has had an interesting year with big runs in Miami and at the Australian Open, but the lack of consistent deep training week, week out. The American player showed last year that she is not afraid of clay courts with strong results, including the quarter-finals of Rome. Giorgi is making her Madrid debut since 2016 and is generally the least threatened on clay. The 30-year-old did not have a great year, 4-5 in 2022 with her most recent loss to Tamara Korbach in Stuttgart. These players have a lot of history with six previous encounters dating back to 2011. Pegula’s only title so far came in Washington 2019 where she had to defeat Giorgi in the final while the Italian beat Pegula in the Montreal semi-final which was the biggest title in her history. Her career so far. I see Americans as the favorites here.
Prediction: Pegula at 2

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Laila Fernandez vs Andrea Petkovic

Face to face: first meeting

Fernandez’s coveted streak took one place in the lottery after Ega Swiatek withdrew and became the 17th seed. This season will be a huge test for the 19-year-old as she tries to prove herself on the main round, although so far it doesn’t look like clay will be one of her strong suits. Petkovic would be an interesting opponent, as the veteran has won most of her claycourt titles, but has only made it past the first round three times in nine matches in Madrid. The German racked up qualifying wins here, defeating Misaki Doi and Kaga Govan in straight sets. I’m going to go here and pick Petkovic to take out the young Canadian rifle.
Prediction: Petkovic at 3

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Bianca Andreescu vs Alison Riske

Head to head: Andreescu 1-0 Risky

Andreescu started her season in Stuttgart by defeating Julie Niemeyer and defeating Aryna Sabalenka. The Canadian has now dropped out of the top 100 and has never been great on clay, but so is her opponent here. Riske has had a negative clay court record during her career even though she made it to the Nurnberg final in 2018. It’s hard to predict but although unsuccessful on the surface, Andreescu’s style of playing suits clay more than American head-to-head style of play tends her way also. The 21-year-old won her only previous match at Indian Wells last year and I expect she will win again.
Prediction: Andreescu at 2

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Naomi Osaka vs Anastasia Potapova

Face to face: first meeting

Although Osaka suffered a significant drop in the standings to begin her year, her results have been pretty good this year, returning to the top 40 with the final round in Miami and scoring 11-4 on the season. Clay is known for her worst performance, but Osaka still did well on her wild card in the tournament, as she was a former player in the quarter-finals in Madrid. Potapova will be a strong opponent here, as she qualified for Daria Savile and Kristina Mladenovic as well as winning her first WTA title last week in Istanbul. The young Russian is on her way to advance but I think Osaka will be able to beat her.
Prediction: Osaka at 3

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