Maria Sakkari and Marketa Vondrousova meet in the third round of the 2023 tennis Italian Open. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Maria Sakkari is coming off a straight set win over Barbora Strycova that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Sakkari won 76 percent of her first serve points and 30 percent of her second serve points. Sakkari won 57 percent of her total service points and converted on 6 of her 10 break points. Sakkari got 59 percent of her first serves in play and hit 4 aces. Sakkari has snapped a 3-match losing streak by winning 5 of her last 6 matches, her best form of the year. Sakkari looks to make the fourth round of the Italian Open for the third time in her career. Sakkari has won 7 of her last 10 matches on clay court.
Marketa Vondrousova is coming off a straight set win over Bianca Andreescu that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Vondrousova won 91 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Vondrousova won 83 percent of her total service points and converted on 6 of her 12 break points. Vondrousova got 76 percent of her first serves in play and hit 1 ace. Vondrousova has won 10 of her last 12 matches when, including qualifying matches. Vondrousova looks to make the fourth round of a WTA 1000 for the 10th time in her career. Vondrousova has 8 career wins over top-10 players. Vondrousova has won 7 of her last 10 matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these 2 players.
You can make a case for either player here, as they’re both playing their best tennis of the year. Vondrousova is probably more trustworthy, given she has the larger sample size of success these last couple of months. Still, we’re getting plus money with the better player overall and somebody who is no stranger to success in this tournament. Don’t think it’s farfetched to say Sakkari is the better player when they’re both in good form.
Give me Sakkari and the plus money.