WTA Nottingham Day 1 Predictions Including Vekic vs Dart

The grass-court swing gets off to a serious start on day one of the WTA Nottingham Open with four exciting games on the table in the English Midlands. As always, here at LWOT we will be providing our predictions for every match on the schedule. But who will book his place in the second round?

WTA Nottingham Day 1 Predictions

Donna Vekic vs Harriet Dart

face to face: first meeting

Donna Vekic has an edge in terms of experience coming into this match and a solid track record on grass. But the Croatian has been struggling for shape and fitness lately with her ranking slipping from top career world #19 to 90.The tenth in order. Meanwhile, Harriet Dart broke into the Top 100 for the first time in her career earlier in the season, but has since fallen to 114The tenth. She also lost her first grasscourt match of the season last week to Nicolas Kostik.

It continued a miserable run of performance for the Briton, who has lost seven straight games since reaching the fourth round at Indian Wells. If Vekic hasn’t been at her best lately, she was in better shape and impressed as she came through the playoffs to reach the second round at Roland Garros. You’ll need to adapt to the different demands of grass tennis, but this seems like a good time to play Dart.

Prediction: Vicki at 3
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Heather Watson vs. Katie Volentis

face to face: Watson 1-0 Volentes

Heather Watson was somewhat comfortably defeated in the first round at the French Open by French wild card Elsa Jacquimot, but the Briton usually keeps her best tennis of the grasscourt season at home. Meanwhile, Katie Volentes has been making slow but steady progress as she adjusts to life as a tour professional and won her first major tournament match two weeks ago when she defeated Victoria Golubic in the first round at the French Open.

She was unable to back that up against Elena Rybakina, however, as she lost 4-6 0-6 and then was defeated 6-4 6-4 by Lolo Radovich in the first round at Sorbiton. With Watson making sure she has the crowd behind her and with much more grasscourt tennis experience than the Volynets, this could be a tough day in the office for the 20-year-old American. Don’t be surprised if this guy cuts too far, but expect Watson to have the advantage.

Prediction: Watson at 3
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Cho Lin vs. Judy Bragg

face to face: Borraj 1-0 Chu

Jodi Bragg was apathetic to say the least on clay, but appeared to be playing with renewed confidence last week on grass in Surbiton. The Briton reached the semi-finals by defeating, among other things, Zhou Lin en route. This could be more competitive, as Zhu has had a chance to adapt on the grass, but Burrage looked very sharp on Sorbiton and clearly enjoys playing on the grass. In contrast, Cho struggled overall on the surface, even though she made it to the second round at Wimbledon last season. With that, with Burrage’s sure confidence, he expected that she would have a lot of Zhu again.

Prediction: Burrage in 3
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Ocean Dowden vs. Teresa Martinkova

face to face: first meeting

Neither Ocean Dowden nor Teresa Martinkova seem particularly suited to grass tennis, but this could be useful to make this match more entertaining, not less. They are at least on a relatively good level, with Martinkova ranked higher of the two but Dodin boasts the best record in 2022. Dodin comes in this match after a disappointing first-round loss at the French Open to Andrea Petkovic, but she has already arrived. The semi-finals in Strasbourg a week ago.

Martinkova also crashed in the first round at the French Open, losing 3-6 4-6 to Shelby Rogers. She has a better record on grass than Dodin, however, last year she reached the third round at Wimbledon. In contrast, Dowden made the main draw in the tournament only once after failing to pass the playoffs three years in a row. There’s still plenty of time for Duden to improve her grass-court skills, but expect Martinkova to have the advantage here.

Prediction: Martincova in 3

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