World No. 18 Barbora Krejcikova meets 79th-ranked Marta Kostyuk in the second round of the 2022 WTA Eastbourne International on Tuesday, June 21 and tips here.
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Barbora Krejcikova against Marta Kostyuk head to head
There has only been one meeting between these two players before and Kostyuk had won it at the 2018 Australian Open.
Krejcikova hopes to find her way back
Life on the tennis court appeared to be going exactly as Krejcikova had hoped for earlier in the season as she made it to the Sydney International, was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open in the singles draw and went on to win the doubles title.
However, things developed quickly for Krejcikova after that, who won just two matches in the next two tournaments she competed in in Dubai and Doha before withdrawing from the Indian Wells Open due to an elbow injury.
It took her three months to recover from this fitness problem and also missed all subsequent clay court competitions except for the French Open.
Krejcikova went into the second Grand Slam of the season as the defending champion and was sent home in the first round by the unannounced Diane Parry. That was her only match in three matches and now she’s returning to the surface where she’s had very little success.
Can Krejcikova find a rhythm as she tries to shake off her injury worries before heading to Wimbledon next week?
Kostyuk slams past Golubic
She was 6/4 underdog to win her opening match against Viktorija Golubic, and Kostyuk managed that with some ease to advance to the second round.
Kostyuk was on the court for just over an hour before beating Golubic 6-2, 6-1, with four aces and five breaks of serve underscoring her effort. Kostyuk, on the other hand, was also broken once, but was then already one set and in the second set 2-0 ahead.
Previously, Kostyuk had suffered a triple losing streak, all of which had been played on clay.
Add to that the fact that this was only her third win on grass, making it a rare career event on grass for her anyway. Can she bring down a rusty looking Krejcikova now?
Krejcikova v Kostyuk prediction and tip
Krejcikova may be a favorite here but Kostyuk has the weapons to disrupt a player who may not be quite fit, other than someone who is also rusty.
The WTA Eastbourne International 2022 will be held from June 19th to 25th. You can watch and bet on these games here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.