Raducanu vs Rybakina: prediction for the WTA Sydney match
After a triumph at US Open Emma Raducanu won only two matches on tour. Is British player ready for the match against Elena Rybakina at Sydney on January 11? The answer is in our expert's prediction.
A triumph at US Open in New York on September of the previous year was surely unexpected for Emma Raducanu. After that success she found herself in the middle of attention, started to look for a more famous coach and to participate in numerous advertisements. Her results in tennis declined eventually.
In three last tournaments of 2021 Raducanu won only two matches. She recorded both of these victories at Cluj-Napoca. 19-year old was eliminated at the start of tournaments at Indian Wells and at Linz. Today she is starting the new season and she will have to prove that her success in the previous season is not an accident.
Elena Rybakina is currently at the 14th spot in the world rankings and she is looking to improve her position at the start of a new season. Her only objective is a place in Top-10.
In the first game week of tour Rybakina played at Adelaide. She managed to reach the final of that tournament. Rybakina's performance was far from flawless, but she got match practice. In the final Kazakh player were defeated by Ashleigh Barty in straight sets (3:6, 2:6).
Only in two out of five most recent matches of Rybakina more than nine games were played in the first set
In four out of five most recent matches of Raducanu more games were played in the second set than in the first one
Without a doubt, Raducanu will be able to improve her performance and to regain the level of form she had at US Open on September. But it is uncertain, how much time she will need for that, her performance at the end of the previous season was far from perfect, plus she had no match practice at the start of 2022 season.
Rybakina gained form at Melbourne last week, in some matches she was very confident at her serve. We think that Rybakina will beat her younger opponent.
Our prediction - Rybakina to win with a handicap of (-2) games
Rybakina won four matches in the previous week. In each one of them at least 19 games were played, in two of them a set exchange took place. We think that a match against Raducanu will also be a long one.
Our second bet is on total over 19,5 games