Veronika Kudermetova’s next opponent at the Doha tournament will be Pole Iga Swiatek, the world’s first racket. The girls twice played each other on Tour, and Iga won in two sets in both matches. So it’s no surprise to see Swiatek as the big favorite for the meeting.
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Doha was the first tournament for the Pole after her relative failure in Melbourne. In the Australian Open, Iga made it to the fourth round, where she lost in two games to eventual finalist Rybakina. In Doha, Swiatek beat American Collins in two games, then was due to play Bencic, but the Swiss withdrew from the tournament, citing an injury. It was a quick match against Collins; the American only won one game in the second set, which shows that Swiatek is in great shape. Swiatek, who has won eight tournaments in 2022, has yet to have a single indoor title.
This will be Kudermetova’s fourth match at Doha. The Russian knocked out Krejcikova, Kenin, and Gauff, two of the three matches being three sets. The match against Gauff lasted more than two hours, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in favor of Kudermetova. Kudermetova is in good form, but we wonder if Veronika has a real chance to beat the world number one.
Iga and Veronika have played each other twice on Tour, both on hard but on open hard; both won by the Pole in two sets at the US Open in 2020 and the Indian Wells Tournament in 2021.
Expert Betting Tips
As written above, we doubt Kudermetova has any chance of reaching the final of the Doha tournament. Kudermetova is in full order with her form and playing practice. However, almost everything will depend on something other than her but on Swiatek in the upcoming game. And judging from the match against Collins, Iga is back in form, i.e., the fitness of the world number one is great. A year and a half ago, Swiatek allowed Kudermetova to win only one game, as in the match against Collins, suggesting betting on another confident victory for Iga over Veronika.
- Total Under (20.5) for 1.70;
- Handicap 1 (-5.5) for 2.00.
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