BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Irina Falconi of the USA hits a return during her match against Melanie Oudin (credit: Jan Kruger/AFP/Getty Images)
Pauline Parmentier is in for a tough Texas Tennis Open first round clash this evening against America’s Irina FalconiYou can watch and bet on Parmentier v Falconi live for free at bet365 > live tennis
The action on Stadium Court at the Texas Tennis Open today will get started with a meeting between Pauline Parmentier and America’s Irina Falconi. The home fans in Dallas will be ready to cheer on Falconi and give her some sort of psychological advantage in what looks like a tricky opening match.
Parmentier is ranked just inside the top hundred right now. We’ve seen her dominate events at ITF level for a few years, but she’s not finding things so easy at the top tier. She currently holds a 20-23 match record for the season - exactly the same as Falconi.
Falconi could benefit hugely from an event such as this. She’s 22-years-old and might be able to establish herself as a top fifty player at some point if she can make a few improvements to her game. The US Open hardcourt series, including this event, provides her with a golden opportunity to develop as a player.
As for today’s match, it’s a hard one to call. Parmentier will be the favourite yet she’s anything but guaranteed a victory.