Fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit will take on unranked Fiona Ferro in the final of the Palermo Open. Photo from @LadiesOpenPA (Twitter).
- No. 4 seed Anett Kontaveit meets unseeded Fiona Ferro in the WTA Palermo Open final
- Both Kontaveit and Ferro are looking for their second WTA title
- The Palermo Open is first official tennis event since March 2020 – read below for our betting prediction
After more than a five-month break due to COVID 19, the 31st Palermo Ladies Open will crown a winner.
The championship match will take place at 1:30 pm ET on Sunday, August 8, marking the resumption of the 2020 WTA season, the first official professional tennis event since March.
The Sicily clay court tournament will conclude with world No. 22 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia taking on 53rd-ranked Fiona Ferro of France.
Anett Kontaveit vs Fiona Ferro Odds
|Anett Kontaveit||-2.5 (-125)||-167||O 17.5 (-400)|
|Fiona Ferro||+2.5 (+100)||+135||U 17.5 (+290)|
*Odds from August 8
Anett Kontaveit’s Road to The Finals
In the first semi-final, No. 4 seed Kontaveit took care of business, upsetting the top-seeded Petra Martic in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
It took a total of 79 minutes for the 24-year-old Estonian to book her spot into the finals.
It wasn’t the best day for Martic, as the 29-year-old Croatian struggled with her movement and hit only 14 winners. Kontaveit more than doubled her opponents’ winners, while also keeping her unforced errors to a minimum.
Kontaveit did not waste any time and broke Martic twice in the opening set.
Although Kontaveit eased through Martic, her previous two matches went the distance, with three setters against Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto and Germany’s Laura Siegemund.
Fiona Ferro’s Road to The Finals
In the second semifinal of the day, it was a battle of the unseeded playersm with Ferro pulling through a tough match against home favourite Camila Giorgi.
The Italian started firing with a 5-0 lead en route to winning the opening set. However Ferro rebounded and was triumphant, winning 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Prior to dropping that set, the 23-year-old Ferro surrendered only one the set throughout the tourney, against world No. 89 Giorgi.
Before entering the tournament, the Frenchwoman was 10-0 in exhibition play organized by the French Tennis Federation (FFT).
Kontaveit vs Ferro Head-to-Head Stats
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The youngsters will battle it out for the 31st Palermo Open ladies singles title.
Rising star Ferro has proven she’s mentally tough, overcoming Giorgi down the stretch in the final set. Born in Belgium, Ferro last met with Kontaveit in October 2016 on the indoor hard courts in Poitiers, France.
After a gruelling two hours and 10 minutes on court, Kontaveit was victorious 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-2.
🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit
🇫🇷 Fiona Ferro
Tomorrow at 7:30 PM#PLO20 @WTA pic.twitter.com/EbdTKOOMF1
— Palermo Ladies Open (@LadiesOpenPA) August 8, 2020
Kontaveit’s last title win was on the grass courts in June 2017, while Ferro raised the trophy last year in Switzerland.
Although it won’t be smooth sailing for Kontaveit, the fact that she breezed through Martic in the semifinalsmay give her added energy for what shapes up to be a tough finals matchup for both players.
Having already beaten Ferro, Kontaveit knows she can complete the task and that should give her an extra boost of confidence.
The pick: Kontaveit (-167)
An experienced sports journalist, Martha K has written feature stories for CBC and Yahoo Sports, hosted Sauga 960 AM, worked with ESPN production and covered a variety of major events, including the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. She is a former Division 1 tennis athlete.