Saturday, November 27 2021

After a breathless and stormy week heavily impacted by the rain, the WTA Lausanne Open will crown a first WTA champion on Sunday. But will it be the seed and recent semi-finalist of the French Open, Tamara Zidansek, or the former 20-year-old world junior No. 1 Clara Burel who will win in Switzerland?

Lausanne Open WTA final prediction

Tamara Zidansek vs. Clara Burel

Face-to-face: first meeting

The weather is definitely the starting point. Tournament organizers were put to the test in their efforts to adapt most of the matches during the week with heavy rains sweeping through pretty much the entire schedule for three days. There were concerns that the event might pass Sunday’s deadline to host the final match. But luckily, the forecast was better over the past two days, as expected. And the final of the WTA Lausanne Open guarantees a first champion.

Tamara Zidansek lived up to expectations as a seed this week. After a formidable run to his first Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros last month, Zidansek has become a national treasure in his country. As a result of his exploits in Paris brought more attention – from the media to the fans. She was not as efficient at Lausanne as at Roland Garros, but was always aware of her task.

The Slovenian was pushed to three sets by the unranked duo of Marina Melnikova and Lucia Bronzetti on their way to the final. Her victory over Maryna Zanevska in the last four proved to be her easiest at the WTA Open in Lausanne. Zidansek only gave up her serve three times and clinched a 7-5 6-3 victory over the woman who won third seed and home prospect Jil Teichmann in the first round.

The seed will face 20-year-old Clara Burel in the championship game. Burel reached his first WTA final with a comeback victory over compatriot Caroline Garcia. She won 5-7 6-2 6-2 in two hours and 25 minutes. Burel’s week was anything but simple. After securing a routine victory by beating Swiss wild card Susan Bandecchi, Burel survived a brawl in the second round. She was trailing Kamilla Rakhimova 6-3 2-0 when rain interrupted play on Thursday. On resumption almost 24 hours later, the young Frenchwoman suddenly took off and completed an improbable victory in three sets.

Zidansek has lost his two previous WTA Finals – the most recent in Bogota in April. But she enters Sunday’s game following a career best season. Its greatest asset remains its ability to punch back. If she’s able to fend off Burel’s power by returning with interest, she might give World # 125 a lot to ponder.

Burel, for his part, has a hard-hitting forehand that has terrorized Fiona Ferro and Carolina Garcia in back-to-back games. But there is a huge question mark regarding his physical form. She lost her footing halfway through the semi-finals and took a medical time out to bandage her ankle. If Burel’s movement is affected, it decreases his chances of clinching his first WTA title. Zidansek’s athleticism and top court coverage should give him the edge, and Burel is sure to get worked up.

Prediction: Zidansek in 3

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