Anastasija Sevastova vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Santa Ponsa Tennis Academy
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Latvian tennis superstar, Anastasija Sevastova has made it into the second round of the 2019 WTA Mallorca Open where she will play against Ajla Tomljanovic from Australia.
Ajla Tomljanovic defeated Monica Puig in straight sets in the previous round. It was a good returning display by Tomljanovic as she won 42% of his receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. The receiving was complemented by her serving as Tomljanovic won 82% of her service games. Leading up to this tournament, Ajla Tomljanovic played at the Nottingham Open where she made it to the quarterfinals. While her form has been solid, Tomljanovic will be challenged in this match as she is playing against the number 2 seed.
Looking at Anastasija Sevastova, the Latvian had a good opening round match which she won in straight sets. During the victory, Anastasija Sevastova impressed with her receiving. Anastasija Sevastova won 58% of her return points which allowed her to win 5 return games. Anastasija Sevastova has been in good form as she recently made the fourth round of the French Open. The Mallorca Open has always been a strong event for Sevastova as she has made the final of this tournament on all 3 editions of the tournament. Anastasija Sevastova finished second at the Mallorca Open in 2016 and 2018 while the Latvian superstar won the tournament in 2017. Considering her recent form and her record at the Mallorca Open, Sevastova will be very tough to defeat in this tournament.
Anastasija Sevastova and Ajla Tomljanovic have played each other once in the past. The match was at the Mallorca Open in 2018 where Sevastova won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Anastasija Sevastova to win this match. Ajla Tomljanovic has played well but she is playing against an opponent who is almost impossible to defeat in Mallorca. Sevastova has a legendary record at the Mallorca Open and she always seems to play her best tennis at this venue. Sevastova looked very impressive in the opening round and I see her making it through to the third round.