August 20, 2022

Several of the world’s best players are set to take to the grass courts of SW19 on what should be an entertaining first day at Wimbledon. As always, at LWOT we will be offering our predictions for every match on the schedule including Elise Mertens vs Camila Osorio, Emma Raducanu vs Alison van Uytvanck, Anett Kontaveit vs Bernarda Pera, Ons Jabeur vs Mirjam Bjorklund, Katie Swan vs Marta Kostyuk. , Danielle Collins against Marie Bouzkova and Beatriz Haddad Maia against Kaja Juvan. But who will reach the round of 16?

Wimbledon Day 1 Predictions

Maria Sakkari vs. Zoe Hives

Jim: It will be a great experience for Zoe Hives. The Australian had a good run in qualifying and her reward will be a shot against one of the top ten opponents on a show ground. But a great experience is not synonymous with a good draw. Maria Sakkari is generally a solid performer and should have more than half for Hives.

Prediction: Sakkari in 2

Yesh: Sakkari is in great shape as always. She struggles in the late rounds at big events, but shouldn’t have a problem at all here.

Prediction: Sakkari in 2

Jakub: For someone who never made it to week two at Wimbledon, Sakkari had a decent grass season. The Greek went 5-3 with losses to Beatriz Haddad Maia, Belinda Bencic and Anhelina Kalinina, reaching the Berlin semi-finals in the process. Hives is an inspirational story out of qualifying. Former #140 had been on hiatus since November 2019 due to chronic fatigue. Hives played a few ITF games earlier this year without much success, which is why it was a shock when she qualified with just nine games lost, although her last qualifying game came as a surprise. It will be great to see Hives there, but Sakkari shouldn’t lose to her.

Prediction: Sakkari in 2
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Caroline Garcia vs. Yuriko Miyazaki

Jim: Yuriko Miyazaki has generally impressed on grass the past few weeks, but she hasn’t had the kind of result that suggests she can win this game. Caroline Garcia may not be synonymous with consistency, but if she plays anything like her best tennis, expect her to beat Miyazaki.

Prediction: Garcia in 2

Yesh: The Brits have generally excelled on grass this year, but so has Garcia. The Frenchwoman is also both more talented and experienced, so it’s an easy call.

Prediction: Garcia in 2

Jakub: Garcia claimed her first title since Nottingham 2019 at Bad Homburg with victories over Sabine Lisicki, Alize Cornet and Bianca Andreescu. Miyazaki, who changed to represent Great Britain in March, is set to make his Slam main draw debut after receiving a wild card. The 26-year-old went 5-4, picking up some decent wins on grass this year against Daria Saville or Astra Sharma although Sonay Kartal contributed to two of the losses. The Frenchwoman hadn’t made it past the first round at Wimbledon since her second-week foray in 2017. Garcia is expected to win

Prediction: Garcia in 2
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Martina Trevisan vs. Elisabetta Cocciaretto

Jim: Martina Trevisan found the magic again at Roland Garros, improving on her 2020 effort by reaching the semis. Tellingly, however, she won just four matches in her return to action on grass in Bad Homburg. Luckily for Trevisan, Elisabetta Cocciaretto comes into this game having been out for two months and with no grass-court experience to speak of.

Prediction: Trevisan in 3

Yesh: Italy’s Cocciaretto hasn’t competed in almost two months and she hasn’t played a single pro game on grass. Already. It doesn’t bode well for her here.

Prediction: Trevisan in 2

Jakub: An all-Italian clash in the first round. Trevisan reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, catapulting her into the top 30, although the 28-year-old won’t come close to that kind of result at Wimbledon. Trevisan is 1-7 on grass in his career. Cocciaretto is having a strong season on the ITF Tour, earning an ITF 80 in Oeiras and an ITF 60 in Grado and reaching the WTA 125 final in Makarska. The 21-year-old has never played on grass before, which makes Trevisan the favorite here.

Prediction: Trevisan in 2
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Jule Niemeier vs. Wang Xiyu

Jim: Wang Xiyu should be full of confidence after her run to the final in Valencia, but this tournament was played on clay. If the difference between the two surfaces is no longer as marked as before, it is still not the ideal preparation. Jule Niemeier’s stay in Berlin and Bad Homburg should prove more profitable.

Prediction: Niemeier in 2

Yesh: Wang hasn’t played a game on grass this year, and Niemeier is in pretty solid form. It’s enough to have a favorite here, but not heavy.

Prediction: Niemeier in 2

Jakub: Niemeier, who won the WTA 125 in Makarska against Cocciaretto, didn’t have the grass season quite his way, going 1-2. The German, however, put in some very good performances, taking sets from Belinda Bencic and Daria Kasatkina. Wang, who was one of Niemeier’s opponents at Makarska, opted out of playing any grass-court events this season. The 21-year-old has played on the surface in some previous seasons but with a decent 7-6 record. Niemeier is the favorite for me, but it won’t be easy.

Prediction: Niemeier in 3

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