Mona Barthel will be up against Tamira Paszek in round one of the WTA Estoril Open
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Mona Barthel is enjoying a breakthrough season this year, and she could well be in with a chance of winning this season’s Estoril Open. The German was last in action at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she was narrowly beaten by eventual runner-up and world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, 4-6, 7-6(3), 5-7.
Barthel’s first test will be an opening round matchup against Austria’s Tamira Paszek. At 21, Paszek was expected to achieve some big things in 2012, but she’s so far struggled to make an impact in any tournament that she’s taken part in this year. She’s compiled a 1-7 match record so far this year, and she runs the risk of seeing her ranking slip significantly unless she finds form again.
Barthel and Paszek have never previously met in WTA competition, making it a little tougher to see how this contest will pan out. Barthel is the favourite though, and based on 2012 results, we can expect to see her cruise through to the second round in straight sets.