Pavlyuchenkova vs Bencic: will Anastasia put up another successful performance?
Russian player crushed all of her opponents on her way to the quarter-final. On July 28, Pavlyuchenkova will fight Bencic for a spot in the semi-final of the Olympic tournament. We offer our prediction for this match.
In Tokyo Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is performing on the same level as she was on the Roland Garros. We should remind that the Russian player has reached the final at Paris. Local courts of the Japanese capital are great fit for Anastasia's style of play, she can use her powerful groundstrokes with great effect.
In three matches of the Olympic tournament Pavlyuchenkova didn't let any of her opponents to win more than four games. Errani managed to claim only one game (6:0, 6:1). Friedsam won two games (6:1, 6:1). In the prediction for round of 16 match we were expecting that Sorribes Tormo will put up a fight against the Russian player. But it didn't happen, Anastasia secured another confident victory (6:1, 6:3).
Belinda Bencic put up a disastrous performance on the Wimbledon, where she was beaten in the first round by Kaja Juvan (3:6, 3:6). There were no high expectations about Swiss player's performance at Tokyo. But so far Belinda is playing great.
Bencic put up an unexpected victory in the first round, beating Pegula in straight sets (6:3, 6:3). In the second round she easily beat Doi (6:2, 6:4). In the round of 16 Belinda made a huge sensation, beating the winner of 2021 Roland Garros Barbora Krejcikova (1:6, 6:2, 6:3). Quite interesting that the Swiss player completely failed the first set, but managed to come back in the game.
Five out of seven most recent matches ended in three sets
In four most recent H2H matches Pavlyuchenkova and Bencic played no more than nine games in the first set
Players had seven head-to-head matches. Five of them ended with a win for the Swiss player. But most of those fixtures were pretty contested, in most of them players exchanged sets. Most recent match was won by Pavlyuchenkova. Anastasia is playing great at Tokyo and she has a chance to narrow the gap on head-to-head matches and to advance into the semi-final of the Olympic tennis tournament.
Our prediction - Pavlyuchenkova to win
Prediction: Pavlyuchenkova to win
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Choosing a bet on the total we should look at the history of head-to-head matches. Five of seven head-to-head matches ended with a set exchange. We are expecting the same scenario at Tokyo.
Our second bet is on total over 21 games