Madison Brengle vs Sorana Cirstea Tennis Prediction
Cirstea lost to Brengle when they had their only previous meeting at the 2011 ITF Midland second round. That result notwithstanding, the Romanian is still the favorite to advance into the Nuremberg quarterfinal for the second year in a row.
Sorana Cirstea News
Sorana Cirstea staged a comeback win against former finalist Andrea Petkovic in two hours and 39 minutes to move into the second round of Nuremberg (2-6 7-6 7-6). She trailed the match by a set and break and had a break deficit in the third set as well.
The Romanian is seeking to defend her semifinal points she earned last year by defeating Niculescu, Lepchenko, and Putintseva. She would have entered her fourth career final if she had beaten the qualifier #254 Barbora Krejcikova (l. 6-4 4-6 6-0).
It has been a tough season for the former world #21. After playing in eleven tournaments in 2018, she has managed to secure just six wins, including the third round at Doha. Nonetheless, she will attempt for her first quarterfinal since 2017 Linz on Wednesday.
Madison Brengle News
Madison Brengle, who had to spend the last five weeks playing clay ITF tournaments secured her first WTA main draw win of the season by defeating fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in routine straight sets, 6-3 6-1, in just 65 minutes.
Most of the wins the world #99 has secured in 2018 has come on the ITF circuits, which includes a $100k title at Midland (d. Buzarnescu) and a runner-up finish at $80k Charleston (clay, l. to Townsend).
Brengle is seeking her first tour quarterfinal since 2017 Auckland (d. #2 Williams) and first clay one since the semifinal run at 2015 Stuttgart (l. to eventual champion Kerber).
Tennis Prediction: Sorana Cirstea