• Fran Jones v Nadia Podoroska
  • H2H: Podoroska leads 2-0 (ITF)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Fran Jones bids for a first win over Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in the first round of the Yarra Valley Classic.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Fran Jones v Nadia Podoroska [14] H2H: Podoroska leads 2-0
WTA 500: Yarra Valley Classic R1 Melbourne, Australia
Hard (O) Prize Money: $3000
Second on Court 8

Not before 12pm (1am GMT)

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Preview: Fran Jones v Nadia Podoroska | H2H: Podoroska leads 2-0 (ITF)

Fran Jones started her year with grit and determination as she fought her way into her first Slam main draw. Things did not always go her own way and she had to scrap her way through a couple of tough rounds before coasting into the Australian Open main draw – but what that does give her is a decent start to the year.

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Nadia Podoroska is no stranger to inspiring runs, having come through qualifying at the late rescheduled Roland Garros last year, dispatching Yulia Putintseva and Elina Svitolina en route to the semi-finals, where she lost out to the eventual winner Iga Swiatek.

The pair actually faced each other twice at the start of the year at the ITF levels before everything shut down in the face of the (continuing) global pandemic.

While Jones has mixed up her surfaces in the tumult of the season restart in 2020, Podoroska stuck largely to the clay, and the Argentine suffered a first round defeat in Abu Dhabi to start her season off.

Arguably Jones has had a few more matches under her feet, but two weeks of quarantine might prove to be a leveller coming out for the season restart.

 

Playing Styles

Podoroska scored her most notable scalp of Svitolina by way of her topspin forehand and exquisite use of drop shots which could test Jones’ movement. However the Brit plays an aggressive game and will look to attack Podoroska’s serve.

Both players favour their forehands as their preferred weapon of choice, and for Jones, the rest of her game comes together the more confident she is with that stroke, but she might expect to be on the move a lot. The Argentine is happy enough to construct her points and is adept at finishing them off at the net.

 

Prediction

They are both content to grind away at the opponents to bring them down, and they have gone the distance last year. What was noticeable in Jones’ qualifying battles was that she held her nerve, almost relishing the challenge of coming from behind, so even given that Podoroska is maybe less aggressive that Jones in approach, she certainly can expect to be met head on.

Prediction: Podoroska in three sets.

 

Jones and Podoroska are scheduled second on Court 8, not before 12pm (1am GMT).

 

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