WTA Budapest quarter-final predictions Putintseva vs Tsurenko

It’s quarterfinal day at the WTA Budapest Grand Prix. Defending champion Yulia Putintseva is still struggling to reach the final four, but there are other potential storylines on Friday, especially with people like Xiyu Wang and home favorite Anna Bondar still in the mix. Who will reach the semifinals?

Predictions for the WTA Budapest quarterfinals

Xiyu Wang vs. Aleksandra Krunic

Head to head: First meeting

Xiyu Wang came out on top in one of the most entertaining matches on day four. The Chinese left-handed player fought past Ana Bogdan and won in two tiebreak sets. Wang is now guaranteed to enter the world top 100 for the first time. Her next opponent Aleksandra Krunic hardly needed to sweat against Wang’s more experienced compatriot Zhang Shuai. Krunic won all his return matches and completed a 6-1 6-0 laundering in just 49 minutes. The Serb possesses a wealth of experience at this level (she is set to re-enter the world top 100), but will hardly outdo Wang in a baseline battle.
Prediction: Wang in 3

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Bernarda Pera vs Elisabetta Cocciaretto

Head to head: First meeting

Bernarda Pera continues to do her best work with clay. She reached her third quarterfinal on the surface this year after defeating Aliaksandra Sasnovich in a straight set. The American left is missing another set in four games after navigating its way into the main draw from the qualifiers. Pera’s next test will be against the high-flying Elisabetta Cocciaretto. The 21-year-old Italian has been on a tear in the second row of the WTA and won two ITF titles and a WTA 125K crown in Makarska. Cocciaretto will not make it easy for Pera in this one, but the American should probably have it higher to the ceiling in this matchup.
Prediction: Pera in 3

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Anna Bondar vs Martina Trevisan

Head to head: First meeting

Trevisan has beaten the world’s top 30 for the first time after the sensational race to the semi-finals of the French Open. But grass is a foreign surface for the Italian, who failed to win a match at tournaments. Since then, she has returned to win at the WTA Budapest Grand Prix and has won victories over Natalia Szabanin and Kateryna Baindl respectively. But can she avoid getting upset on Friday? It seems that Anna Bondar has caught fire by playing at home, and her overall form of clay coming to the tournament has been quite impressive. An unrest is very much on the table here.
Prediction: Bondar in 3

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Yulia Putintseva vs Lesia Tsurenko

Head to head: Putintseva 4-2 Tsurenko

Yulia Putintseva remains in the hunt to win her second title in these parts. The defending champion survived a scare in the first set before lightning past Laura Pigossi. The same cannot be said of Lesia Tsurenko, who played in the longest WTA match this year with three hours and 53 minutes. If anything, the Ukrainian could have planned her own downfall here given her documented fitness record.
Prediction: Putintseva in 2

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