WTA Parma 2021: Varvara Gracheva vs Petra Martic – Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Varvara Gracheva will take on second seed Petra Martic on Monday in the opening round of WTA Parma Open.

Varvara Gracheva vs Petra Martic
Varvara Gracheva and Petra Martic

2nd-seed Petra Martic will look to advance to the next round as she takes on Varvara Gracheva in a Round of 32 encounter at the WTA 250 Parma Open 2021. Martic has shown good form recently, particularly on clay court, and is one of the favourites to win the tournament.

Match Details:

TournamentParma Open 2021
MatchVarvara Gracheva vs Petra Martic
RoundFirst Round
Date17th May, 2021
Prize Money€2,157
VenueParma, Italy
SurfaceClay Court

Varvara Gracheva vs Petra Martic: Preview

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Talking about the form coming into the tournament, the unseeded Gracheva hasn’t done anything of notice. The 20-year old Russian didn’t even make it to the main draw of recently concluded Madrid Open.

On the other hand, Martic has played some impressive tennis this week. The 30-year old Croat looked in great touch before eventually losing out to Karolina Pliskova 1-6, 6-3, 2-6 in the semifinals of the Italian Open. Going by her form, it would be a shame if Martic doesn’t make it to the final in Parma.

Varvara Gracheva vs Petra Martic: Head to Head

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Prior to their meeting tomorrow, the two players have faced each other twice, with Martic coming out triumphant on both occasions. So Martic leads the head-to-head record 2-0. They last met at last year’s US Open in a Round of 32 clash, where the Croat dished out a clinical performance to dismiss Gracheva in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

Varvara Gracheva vs Petra Martic: Prediction

Petra Martic
Petra Martic

As mentioned above it would be a real shame if Martic doesn’t turn out to be one of the two finalists. So it’s a no-brainer that the World No.25 should win this contest without a fuss. However, Gracheva has nothing to lose and so she she can go out all guns blazing, causing a few jitters to her opponent.

Match Prediction: Petra Martic defeats Varvara Gracheva comprehensively in straight sets.

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