Martic failed in the United Cup, losing two out of three matches for their national team. Petra was then knocked out of the Australian Open in the second round, losing to China’s Zhang Shuai. At the tournament in Lyon, Martic again failed to shine, starting in the second round against American Parks. But in Linz, the Balkans are doing well so far: four wins in 4 matches and a victory over Greece’s Sakkari, the world’s seventh racket. Martic also eliminated Spaniard Bassols, Belgian van Uytvank and Dane Tauson from the starting grid in Linz, losing two sets in 4 matches.

Anastasia will certainly move up 11 lines in the WTA rankings, i.e. to 33rd place, and if she wins the final, the Russian will score 1,439 points and get closer to her future rival Petra Martic, who has already moved up from 34th to 30th place in the WTA rankings . For Anastasia, the upcoming final will be her fourth WTA tournament, and Potapova has only won once so far, in Istanbul last season. En route to the final in Linz, Potapova eliminated Bronzetti, Niemeyer, Friedsam and Vondrousova from the grid. It is worth noting that all of Anastasia’s victories came in three games.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Petra Martic 34 eleven 7 4
Anastasia Potapova 44 14 9 5

Martić and Potapova played each other twice, the result of the confrontation was 1:1. Martic defeated Potapova at Wimbledon in 2019 and Anastasia got her revenge on Petra in April 2022 at the Istanbul tournament. By the way, Potapova eventually won this tournament.

If Potapova wins against Martić, the tradition will continue that Anastasia will win the tournament if she defeats the Croatian. Both girls did well in Linz and both deserved to win. Note that Potapova only played equestrian matches in Austria, i.e. 3 sets, and Martic in Linz had two extended matches out of four. An exciting duel awaits us, the girls’ paths have not crossed yet on hard grass, but on fast grass the match also consisted of three parts. As for the result, we are waiting for the Russian woman to win, but again, in three sets.

The main forecast is the sum above (20.5) at 1.65