Vekic vs Rybakina: does Donna have enough energy left?
Two matches of the Croatian player at Tokyo ended in three sets. On July 27, Vekic will play against Rybakina in the round of 16. Does Donna have enough energy for another match? The answer is in our prediction.
Donna Vekic already made one sensation at Tokyo. Croatian player managed to beat Aryna Sabalenka in three sets (6:4, 3:6, 7:6). In the third set of the match Belarusian player took the lead with a break and could extend it, but lost the game on her serve and then a tiebreak as well.
We should remind that in the first round Vekic also needed three sets to beat Caroline Garcia (6:2, 6:7, 6:3). Donna wasted many energy on those matches. With such a weather conditions Croatian player will also have a hard time in the round of 16. She will play against Rybakina just a day after the thrilling match against Sabalenka.
Elena Rybakina put up a confident performance on both Grand Slam tournaments - Roland Garros and Wimbledon. In Paris Kazakhstan representative reached the quarter-final and in London she was beaten in the round of 16. Elena kept her good form for a Tokyo tournament.
In first two matches of the Olympic tournament Elena didn't lose a single set. In the first round she beat Samantha Stosur (6:4, 6:2). In the second one Elena recorded another confident victory, this time over Peterson (6:2, 6:3).
In three out of last five Rybakina's matches more than nine games were played in the second set
In both Vekic's matches at Tokyo tiebreaks were played
Elena Rybakina is a clear favourite of an upcoming match. Kazakhstan representative beat her opponents in first two rounds in a more confident fashion, though Vekic had more dangerous opponents. But Croatian player left much energy and emotions in those matches. We offer to place a bet on the favourite.
Our prediction - Rybakina to win with a handicap of (-3) games
Prediction: Handicap (-3) on Rybakina
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We think that everything will be decided in the first set. If Rybakina will have a confident start of the match, Vekic probably won't have enough energy to mount a comeback. In this case, we offer a bet on total under for this match.
Our second bet is on total under 21 games