Liudmila Samsonova picks up a much needed first round win as she overcomes WTA Tour debutant Stephanie Wagner. Samsonova won the match 6-3, 6-0 in 1 hour and 19 minutes to extend her stay in Italy. It was a comprehensive win for the Russian who has been struggling for form and consistency in the past few weeks.
Aliona Bolsova fights to survive another day as she defeats Su-Wei Hsieh 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4 in 2 hours and 13 minutes. The Spaniard moves into the second round after having entered the main-draw from the qualifying stages and had to stage an epic comeback in the final qualifying round to set up a clash with Hsieh.
Liudmila Samsonova vs Aliona Bolsova: Head to Head
This will be the first-ever meeting between the duo, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Liudmila Samsonova vs Aliona Bolsova: Prediction
Aliona will come into the clash with a career indoor Hardcourt record of 11-7 and is 3-0 on the surface this season while having a season record of 18-18 across all surfaces. Liudmila will take the court with a career indoor Hardcourt of 32-16 and is 4-2 on indoor hardcourts this season having a 35-21 record for the season across all surfaces.
Looking at these numbers, their past performances and recent results, Liudmila Samsonova looks the favourite to advance into the second round.
Prediction: Liudmila Samsonova to win in 3-sets.
Liudmila Samsonova vs Aliona Bolsova: Live Streaming and Where to Watch
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