Monica Niculescu is a 29-year-old Romanian player that is currently on the 57th spot of the WTA Rankings.
Facing this player isn’t easy. Niculescu has unique characteristics in the circuit and she can be very annoying with her constant slices and fake shots, which makes life a lot harder for her opponent.
Niculescu can sometimes struggle to find even a practice partner in tournaments because no one wants to train with her. Niculescu is still stable inside the Top 100 and had a few good results this year.
She started this tournament well, beating Kristina Mladenovic, with an excellent win in straight sets, with expressive results in both sets. Last year she reached the 3rd round here so she still has the 3rd round to defend here.
Ana Bogdan is a Romanian 24-year-old player that is currently No.108 on the WTA Rankings. This player is just outside the Top 100 and much due to the good results she has been getting lately.
She has been getting good results in the bigger tournaments and she could reach the top 100 in the next few weeks. Ana Bogdan is a player that likes to play at a good rhythm from the baseline.
She had a tough start here, but she was able to defeat the North-American Taylor Townsend in 3 sets. Last year, she was able to reach the 2nd round after going through qualifying, where she then lost to Niculescu precisely.
Head-to-head: 3-0 Niculescu
Monica Niculescu vs Ana Bogdan – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Niculescu has always beaten his countrywoman, which isn’t surprising because we have two different styles facing off.
On one hand, Niculescu who uses fake shots alternated with some strokes with a lot of slice.
On the other hand, we have Ana Bogdan who is a player who likes to impose her pace from the baseline. Niculescu is able to break that Ana Bogdan’s rhythm, which makes Bogdan struggle every time she faces Niculescu
The last time they faced off was precisely in the 2nd round of this US Open last year, where Niculescu didn’t give Bogdan any chance.
Maybe we’ll have a more balanced match this year, but I expect the same outcome, even because Niculescu is playing well and not even Mladenovic was able to find solutions to counter her game.
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