Victoriya Tomova vs Kucova
2nd round match between Victoria Tomova and Kristina Kucova in Hong Kong.
Victoria has much better ranking than Kucova right now-over 100 places ahead, but the Slovakian is much more exprienced player. Two years ago Kucova was part of top 80, but she is not even close to her best form during this season. I read an article where it was written that this 1st round win against Ostapenko in Hong Kong is her first in the WTA main draw in any tournament during 2018. That's very, very risky...She is really struggling on the court during this season, but it can have solid inflience on her self-confidence. Infact Ostapenko had a very bad match, she performed under her normal level and deserved to lose the match.
Victoria Tomova from Bulgaria is really not constant player. She can surprise some players part of top 100 when she has a good day, but still it looks like mission impossible to break in top 100. Here in Hong Kong she was eliminated in the qualifications by Ons Jabeur in straight sets, but entered in the main draw as a lucky looser. Surprisingly she eliminated Dalila Jakupovic in the first round in three sets and now she will have the chance even to progress to the quarterfinals.
Firstly I was thinking to play for Kucova, but when I saw all the details before the match I changed my pick. It will be over 21.5 games. Both started with three set wins, both are not in their very best days. Tomova performed very good in Istanbul and Wimbledon this year, while the best tournament for Kucova is expected to be this one. I really see big chances this match to go in three sets, but it's very hard to predict who will be the winner.. You can miss this pick if you want, but I see the value here with the over.
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Victoriya Tomova vs Kucova prediction
|Over 21.5 Games||Pinnacle||2.08||9||0-2 LOST (-9 units)|