Alize Cornet vs Ajla Tomljanovic - WTA Gippsland Trophy
Sunday January 31st, 2021 / 8:00pm EST
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The WTA Gippsland Trophy 2021 continues with the First Round clash between Alize Cornet of France and local player Ajla Tomljanovic. The match will take place on Sunday January 31st, 2021 at approximately 8:00pm EST. They have played twice before, splitting the matches. Who will win here and advance to the Second Round where they will face Naomi Osaka?
Currently ranked #53, Cornet's career has declined since 2018 when she won the last of her WTA titles. She had a relatively poor 2020 season by her standards, finishing with a 13-9 record and not reaching a Semi-Final for the year. This was a disappointing showing from someone who was ranked as high as #11 in the world, so she will be desperate to get her career back on track in 2021. She isn't at her best on hard courts but is still relatively comfortable on the surface, winning two titles in her career. She got off to a poor start in 2021, losing in the Second Round to Paula Badosa of Spain in Abu Dhabi.
Ajla Tomljanovic is currently ranked #69, and has a career high of #39. Like her opponent, she has has been in poor form over the past few seasons and will be looking to turn that around here. She will be delighted to be playing at home and will be hoping for some good momentum heading into the Australian Open next week. She had an abysmal 2020 season, only winning five matches out of 18 and lost in the First Round of the last six tournaments she played to end the year. She surely will be low on confidence and will need to shake those mental demons to have a good showing here.
This is a match between two players struggling mightily for form and relatively close in the rankings. This match has the potential to be a long and close encounter with lots of momentum swings. It is too close to call but I am going to give the edge to Cornet here. She is a more experienced player and while her 2020 season wasn't great, it was nowhere near as poor as her opponent's. Alize Cornet to win.