Qiang Wang vs Petra Martic
WTA Parma 2021 May, 20th 2021.
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Martic Continuing Resurgence in Form
A disappointing year for Petra Martic has began to blossom in the last week or so. After reaching the last four in the Rome Masters, the Croatian is in the quarter finals in Parma. The second seed takes on Qiang Wang (seeded sixth) for another last four appearance as she climbs back up the rankings.
Martic is a former top 16 players but slid down to as low as 25th before this recent improvement in form. Her first eight tournaments of the year saw her get through to the last eight just once. That was in the Phillip Island Trophy in February and it would have been a big shock if she hadn't. Two wins came against players with a combined ranking of 1058.
Twice this year Martic has lost to players ranked outside the top 100. A good clay court season wasn't looking on the cards as she lost in her first match in both the Istanbul and Madrid tournaments without winning a set. Her form finally came good in Rome, though twice Martic had to come from a set down to win, including in the first round against Shelby Rogers. No players in the top 30 were beaten last week in Rome. Eventually, she was beaten by Karolina Pliskova in the semi-final.
Martic has continued her improved form in this Emilia-Romagna Open. Two straight sets wins have come against Varvara Gracheva and lucky loser Liudmila Samsonova. A first set tie break was needed against Samsonova but aside from that it's been comfortable progress. Martic has only had one previous match against her opponent. She'll hope it goes better than their 2018 meeting in the French Open on clay with only two games being won in a heavy defeat.
Improvement Needed by Wang
Wang is ranked 48th in the world and has had a pretty rough year so far. Before this tournament, the 29-year-old had won just four out of 15 matches played. Yet two years ago, she was ranked 12th in the world so it's been a big drop down the rankings for her. The year began with her in 34th place and she dropped as low as 50 a few weeks ago.
The Chinese player didn't win a match in her first three tournaments of the year. Throw in 2020 results and that made it five in a row without a victory. Of the four wins she did eventually pick up, not one of them was against a player inside the top 100, one was outside the top 600 in the rankings.
Her clay court season didn't get off to the greatest of starts either with a last 16 in Istanbul but losses in Madrid amd Rome with no sets won. This week has finally been a good one and Wang is in her first last eight of the year. That didn't look like happening when the first round saw her have to go to three sets to get past Misaki Doi. Qualifer Martina Di Guiseppe, who is ranked 218th was beaten in the second round, though eight games were lost.
Before this week, Wang had only a 41% success rate on clay with nine of her last 14 on this surface being lost. This looks booked for a straight sets win for Martic and revenge for that loss three years ago.