11th-seeded Jennifer Brady is all set to face Slovenian No.2 Tamara Zidansek in the first round of the newly-formed WTA Abu Dhabi Open in 2021.
Brady, who had an impressive year winning her first title in 2020 and attained a career-high ranking of No.24, would be hoping to carry the same momentum forward. Although Zidansek is not the best to cripple the powerful players on tour, the Slovenian definitely has the game to trouble Brady.
- Date: 7th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Jennifer Brady vs Tamara Zidansek.
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Round of 64 (First round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $565,530
Jennifer Brady vs Tamara Zidansek: Match Preview
The fast-rising American, Brady would be hoping to use the first few matches of the new season as an opportunity to assert her presence on the tour following a breakout 2020.
Tamara, who troubled former World No.1, Garbine Muguruza in the first round of the French Open last year, can prove to be a very tricky opponent for Brady, who also made it to the US Open semi-finals last year.
Brady has a sort of game in which she likes to go for winners early in the rallies leading her to occasionally collapse. On the other hand, Zidansek has a very solid baseline-oriented game that helps her stay in rallies longer than most others.
Although, Tamara isn’t best equipped to outhit the powerful players on the tour, the Slovenian can definitely challenge Brady.
Jennifer Brady vs Tamara Zidansek: Head-to-Head
This match would represent the second time that Jennifer Brady and Tamara Zidansek clash against each other. The head to head stands at 1-0 for Zidansek.
Despite trailing in the head-to-head, Jennifer will enter this match as the firm favorite. That’s largely because of the American’s year-end surge that saw her break into the Top 25 for the first time.
Jennifer Brady vs Tamara Zidansek: Match Prediction
The prediction is in the favor of Brady to win in two sets. However, she would still need to be careful of Zidansek’s tenacious game.
The Slovenian has repeatedly shown a knack for turning matches around from seemingly impossible situations. In their first encounter, Zidansek came back from losing the second set 6-0 to win the decider in a tiebreaker.