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Liudmila Samsonova reacts against Laura Siegemund at the Women's Tennis Grand Prix WTA 500 tournament. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP)

The rain washed away the competition yesterday at the Citi Open in Washington DC. This will lead to a hectic schedule today as many players who complete their matches in the AM will be back on the court this evening to make sure the tournament finishes at its scheduled time.

Today, we will head on over to the women’s side of the draw to find our winning tennis pick.

Emma Raducanu vs. Liudmila Samsonova

Friday, August 05, 2022 – 05:00 PM EDT at John A Harris Grandstand

What You Should Know

Last year's US Open Champion continues her turbulent year with a matchup against the upstart Russian player Liudmila Samsonova. Although Samsonova is older, Emma Raducanu has more experience on the big stage.

Let's take a look at these two players and how they match up.

Players Profile and Analysis

Liudmila Samsonova

  • Liudmila Samsonova is a 23-year-old player from Russia ranked 60 in the world.
  • Samsonova plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand.
  • Samsonova has won one WTA title and four ITF titles in her career.
  • Samsonova plays an aggressive brand of tennis and can dial up a powerful first serve.

Liudmila Samsonova defeated Elise Mertens in the first round and defeated Ajla Tomljanovic in a three-set match in the round of 16.

She is currently finding her form after being forced to sit out the majority of the grass season due to the English ban on Russian players.

Emma Raducanu

  • Emma Raducanu is a 19-year-old player from Great Britain ranked number 10 in the world.
  • Raducanu plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand.
  • Raducanu hits her forehand with plenty of pace but it is less consistent than her backhand.
  • Raducanu is aggressive on her second serve, which allows her to keep opponents pinned back even if she misses her first serve.
  • Raducanu has an excellent return of serve. Her ability to break opponents was key in her US Open run.
  • Raducanu has above-average quickness and excellent court coverage.

Emma Raducanu burst on the scene out of nowhere winning the US Open last season. Raducanu did have some struggles adjusting to her newfound celebrity, but that is common when a young player wins their first Grand Slam.

She recently switched to coach Dmitry Tursunov, who is known for his ability to find the top level of the WTA players he coaches.

Raducanu prefers to stay behind the baseline yet she plays an aggressive style. She has an adequate forehand but her backhand is world-class. The British can blast her two-handed backhand but also mixes in slice effectively to change the pace.

Players Matchup

Emma Raducanu is the more consistent player and should have the advantage in longer rallies. She is quicker and will display more defensive ability.

Both players are aggressive but Liudmila Samsonova can dial up a little more power. Samsonova has the more powerful serve and should get more free points off her first serve.

They both are in pretty good form right now. Raducanu has struggled this year but seems to be blossoming with her new coaching change.

The battle of this match appears to be when Samsonova is serving.

How Can Samsonova Win Today?

If Samsonova is able to hold consistently, she will have a considerable edge here, as she will be able to break Raducanu.

How Can Raducanu Today?

If Raducanu is able to get many breaks and pressure Samsonova on her service games, she will have a great chance to get the victory.

Raducanu vs. Samsonova: Best Bet for Today

Following the WTA odds, I like Liudmila Samsonova to get the win here today.

Emma Raducanu was gifted the match against Camila Osorio yesterday, with Osorio consistently dropping her level of play on the big points. Osorio double-faulted away many set points and seemed to shrink in the big moments. Raducanu played well but she was not overly impressive. She played a long match and fatigue could be an issue.

Because of Emma Raducanu’s US Open run, she is highly heralded, but in terms of player development, I think that these players are about the same right now. If you take out that run in New York last year, Raducanu still has not achieved a lot on the WTA level, the same as Samsonova.

I think this is an excellent opportunity to get an undervalued player due to name recognition. Samsonova has the talent to be a top 20 player, but she has struggled with consistency. Samsonova is making a move in the right direction with her results this year, although she does not have a splashy win.

WTA Pick: Liudmila Samsonova ML (+101) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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