Alyona Sotnikova vs Vanda Lukacs by Tennisguy
This is a semifinal match from the Antalya 13 ITF between Alyona Sotnikova from Ukraine and Vanda Lukacs from Hungary.
They have played each other only once in a match that took place in 2014 at the Le Havre ITF which was won by Lukacs 7-6(6), 7-5.
Lukacs to me played very good tennis this week and I think she comes into this semifinal with a lot of confidence. She defeated Oral 6-0, 6-1, Caciotti 6-1, 6-1, and Juhaszova 6-2, 6-3. She rarely had problems on her service and she was dictating the majority of every point in those matches. She will be facing a much better opposition today, but she has managed to beat her in the only meeting between the two so that gives me confidence that she can do it again.
Sotnikova has had a good run in these Antalya ITF tournaments but today she will definitely be facing one of the hardest opponents she has so far. I think she is going to have problems managing good returns because of Lukacs's services and that will eventually affect her game. I say this because Sotnikova is not really a patient player and she gets frustrated very easily if the game isn't going in her favor fast.
I think Lukacs definitely has the tools to get the win today and given that she has beaten her in the past at these huge odds she is without a doubt my pick for this match.
|Vanda Lukacs to win||Bet365||3.50||8||Retirement PUSH (Stake return)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.