WTA Monastir Day 3 predictions including Cornet vs Dart

The legendary ITF site in Monastir has successfully completed its first full round of the main tennis tour of the WTA Tour. House star Ons Jabeur succeeded in the opening round as did six of the other seven seeds. It should be another entertaining day at the WTA Monastir Open on day three, and as always, we’re here at LWOT previewing and predicting every match, but who’s coming out on top?

WTA Monastir Day 3 Predictions

Katerina Senyakova x Claire Liu

face to face: first meeting

Siniakova #1 in the doubles world has found some good level after struggling in the first half of the season. The Czech enters this match in a six-game winning streak, having beaten Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina to win the title in Portoroz before defeating Chloe Paquet in the first round at the Monastir Open.

Meanwhile, Claire Liu has gone through two baffling past tournaments, losing in the first round in four of her last five matches at a time. The Tokyo that I succeeded in in the first round was Tokyo, with good victories over Alison Riske and Elise Mertens. In the first round here, Leo took a comfortable win over Anna Kongo. It’s set to be a close competition, but Siniakova’s impressive form lately should make her a favourite.

Prediction: Synyakova at 3
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Diane Barry vs Lucrezia Stefanini

face to face: Barry 1-1 Stefanini

Diane Barry has had her midway season, reaching the semi-finals of the main round and enjoying a big moment in Paris as she ditched defending champion Barbora Krejkova at Roland Garros without finding a steady level. The 20-year-old ditched fellow countrywoman Harmony Tan in the opening round. Lucrezia Stefanini has been strong in the ITF circuit this year with two ITF 60 titles and one ITF 25 title.

The Italian has racked up an eight-game winning streak looking in good shape, winning one of the aforementioned 60s at the ITF in Caldas da Rainha before making it to Monastir in the playoffs. Stefanini beat Isabella Shinnikova in three sets before allowing expert Heather Watson to only four matches. In the main draw, she was responsible for losing the only seeded player in the first round, defeating Magda Linette 6-4 in the third round. Her current form makes Stefanini a slightly favourite.

Prediction: Stefanini at 2
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Elise Mertens vs. Despina Papamichiel

face to face: first meeting

Outside the slam, where Elise Mertens has reached Week 2 three times, it has been a largely disappointing year for the Belgian on the tour. Mertens is looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since Strasbourg in May, a very surprising statistic for a player who has been known for her consistency. The 26-year-old did well in the first round, allowing Jacqueline Christian only two matches.

Despina Papamichel has had a mediocre season on the ITF Tour, and currently holds a losing record 30-32. However, this week the Greek managed to advance over Ines Ibo and Kristina Mladenovic before returning to defeat Zhou Lin 1-6, 7-6, 6-0 in an elaborate first-round match. However, despite Mertens’s low level, the Belgian must show her level here and take the win.

Prediction: Mertens at 2
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Alize Cornet vs. Harriet Dart

Face to face: first meeting

Despite scoring 23-22, Alize Cornet had one of the most memorable seasons of her career. The 32-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, ending Iga Sweet’s 36-game winning streak at Wimbledon. The look was less exciting in the Tour events, but Cornet looked solid in the opening match against Laura Pegosi. Despite running 25-25 on the year, Dart did make some impressive achievements for herself in 2022, reaching the fourth round as a qualifier at Indian Wells and the quarter-finals at Eastbourne. The Briton looked good in the first round, defeating Nuria Barezas-Diaz 6-2, 6-4. This should be an interesting match, but Cornet should be the best.

Prediction: Trumpet at 3

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