World No. 79 Jasmine Paolini meets Danka Kovinic, just one place higher than her, in the quarterfinals of the Parma Open 2022 on Thursday 29 September. Head to head and tips here.
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Jasmine Paolini vs. Danka Kovinic head to head
At the highest level, these two have faced each other twice and both have won once each – Kovinic at the 2017 Vancouver Open and more recently Paolini at the Warsaw Open.
Aside from that, there were also two other matches between these two players, in 2018 St. Petersburg Open qualifiers and on the ITF circuit in 2019, and both times it was Kovinic who prevailed.
Paolini turns deficit again
For the second straight game, Paolini managed to overcome a first-set loss to earn a three-set win over Elisabetta Cocciaretto and invade the quarterfinals.
After beating Jule Niemeier in the first round of the competition, Paolini defeated Cocciaretto 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match lasting two hours and 22 minutes.
With neither player showing much confidence on their serves, there were a total of 11 service breaks throughout the encounter. It was the play in the seventh game of the decider, where Paolini served 4-3, that turned out to be the deciding one.
This will be Paolini’s fifth quarterfinal appearance of the season and she will be shooting for her third WTA semifinal of the year.
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Kovinic shocker for Stephens
Kovinic had not made the last eight of any WTA 250 competition (or higher) this season, needing three sets to get past heavy favorite Sloane Stephens and reach the quarterfinals.
The Montenegro player sealed her place with a 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 win that took her over two and a half hours.
Much like the Paolini match, serving was a tough proposition for both players as they suffered a total of 10 breaks of serve – five apiece – but it was Kovinic who scored the deciding set in the decider.
Clay-court specialist Kovinic, now in unfamiliar territory, is hoping, at least for the season, that she can turn around her 6/4 odds to surprise her opponent here.
Paolini v Kovinic prediction and tip
Paolini’s superior form in general and her results on clay in particular make her a pick to win the match.
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