In the 1/8 finals at the tournament in Angers, we are waiting for a Russian confrontation between Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Vera Zvonareva.
24-year-old Vikhlyantseva made her way to the main draw of the tournament in France through qualification. In the semi-finals of qualification Vikhlyantseva confidently beat Xie Shu-yin from Taiwan - 6:3; 7:5. In the final of qualification Natalia also beat Irina Shimanovich from Belarus in two sets – 7:5; 6:1. And yesterday in the 1/16 finals Vikhlyantseva made a sensation and in two sets easily beat Ana Bogdan from Romania in an hour – 6:2; 6:2.
37-year-old Zvonareva started in France already from the 1/16 finals. Yesterday Vera beat Stephanie Voegele from Switzerland in two sets – 6:4; 6:4.
Vera Zvonareva and Natalia Vikhlyantseva played together twice. In 2018, Natalia was stronger in two sets, and in 2020 Zvonareva took revenge and also won in two sets.
Vera Zvonareva is a known favorite in this match, but given the good form of Natalia Vikhlyantseva, any outcome can be expected here. For sure, Vikhlyantseva will be able to impose a good fight on her opponent, and therefore we suggest putting you on a total of more than 9.5 games won by Natalia.