Magda Linette and Petra Martic will lock horns on Wednesday, August 4, in the second round of WTA San Jose 2021. It will mark their first meeting since March 2019, when Linette won with 2-1, emulating her success from July 2018, when she beat the Croat with the same score in Southsea.
Magda Linette vs Petra Martic
When: Wednesday, August 4 – 9:00 PDT
Where: San Jose State University in San Jose, California, US
Weather: Sunny, 16°C
Magda Linette and Petra Martic have met two times already, with each match finishing 2-1 in favour of Linette. One of those meetings happened at the Indian Wells, a tournament that uses the hard surface – like the WTA San Jose.
However, that match was played almost two and a half years ago. A lot has changed since then, with both players establishing themselves as regulars in the WTA Top 50. Linette has been there since 2019, while Martic sat inside the Top 50 for one year longer.
At the moment, Linette is ranked no.45. Her next opponent sits 12 places above. However, knowing that the Silicon Valley Classic is a tournament that brings 470 Ranking Points to the winner, we could see some significant changes in the WTA list.
Linette and Martic know this, which is why each player should be determined to make a splash in San Jose. What this means is that their battle on Wednesday is going to be a fierce one. Only one of them can advance to the quarterfinal – who’s it going to be?
Strong Start for Linette at 2021 Silicon Valley Classic
The Polish tennis star performed well in the opening round, where she beat Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove in straight sets. We saw Magda Linette serving eight aces in that match, which made her job much easier, ending the game in one hour, 23 minutes.
Linette has been pretty decent when it comes to serving throughout the year. Although she didn’t win any big tournament, she has performed perform well on many occasions. For instance, Linette reached the 1/16-finals stage at both the 2021 French Open and in Wimbledon.
When it comes to her showings on the hardcourts, she’s played just three matches on the surface this year, and won two.
Not the Best Year in Martic’s Career
Petra Martic is currently ranked as the 33rd best female player in the world, which is a pretty impressive achievement. However, this is by no means the best ranking she held in her career. In January 2020, the Croatian tennis star reached her career-high ranking of #14, but ended the year as #18. A year earlier, she was the no.15 on New Year’s Day, while on the last day of 2018, Martic was in 32nd place.
Right now, Martic is in danger of dropping even deeper in the Rankings. It’s because her form this year hasn’t been very convincing. In fact, she has a negative win-loss ratio with 13 wins and 14 defeats in 2021.
Martic enters this match with a 5-5 record in her last 10 outings, which included a first-round exit from the 2021 French Open, where she lost against Camila Giorgi (1-2), and round-two exit from Wimbledon, where Martic lost against world no.74 Irina Begu (1-2).
In her last eight, Martic managed only three wins, against world no.179 Asia Muhammad (2-1), world no.87 Varvara Gracheva (2-1), and world no.63 Anastasija Sevastova (2-0), who she beat in the first round of the 2021 Silicon Valley Classic.
Magda Linette vs Petra Martic Betting Picks
We can expect a close and exciting match; however, it would be difficult to make a case for Martic, who has been struggling with her form of late. Although we don’t expect Linette to dominate, she is in better shape than the Croatian tennis star and should get the job done on Wednesday.
Prediction: Magda Linette – 2.07 at Pinnacle
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