Poland’s 19-year-old star Iga Swiatek will play American qualifier Christina McHale in the first round of the 2020 Western & Southern Open on Sunday, August 23. This match will begin at around 12.30 pm local time (5.30 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Christina McHale match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Christina McHale Head to Head
This will be a first-ever meeting between these two players.
Opportunity Knocks For Swiatek
Born in 2001, Iga Swiatek is another player who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last couple of years. With a boatload of confidence and a stylish game, she is making serious inroads at the top of the women’s game.
Following Agnieszka Radwanska’s retirement, Poland will have to contend with a new standard-bearer of women’s tennis in Swiatek. The 19-year-old won the junior crown at Wimbledon in 2018, and in her first full season as professional last year, she rose almost 100 places in the rankings as she toiled with studies back home.
Swiatek reached her first WTA final in Lugano last April, and made the fourth round of the French Open in her debut at the Grand Slam event. Her season did end prematurely last year at the US Open where she suffered a foot injury that required surgery.
That seems to have gone well as the upstart didn’t miss a step on her return in 2020. Another respectable showing followed at a major when she made the fourth round in Melbourne.
Can Iga surpass Aga at the opportunity of making a Grand Slam breakthrough in the next few weeks?
McHale, A Staple Inside Top 100
Christina McHale’s name may not send shivers down her opponents’ spines, but she is a wily competitor. Ranked as high as No.24 back in 2012, she has been an ever-present inside the world’s top-100 for the last nine years.
The American admitted during the tour’s suspension that she is constantly looking to improve and adjust her game even at 28 years of age. She momentarily dropped out of the top-100 after a poor season in 2018, but she has steadily rebuilt in the last 18 months to claw her way back to where she belongs after winning an ITF title in Trnava.
McHale has made a pair of quarterfinal showings this year, first in Indian Wells at the Oracle Challenger Series and then in Acapulco where she lost in three sets to the eventual winner Heather Watson.
She has warmed up nicely for her opener by winning her two qualifying matches, beating Usue Arconada and Daria Kasatkina.
Iga Swiatek v Christina McHale Prediction & Tip
Swiatek possesses an all-court game and can finish points from the baseline or at the net.
She still has a lot to learn from compatriot Aga Radwanska in the creativity department, but having won Shot of the Year with one of those trademark drop shots last year in Lugano, she is on course to follow Radwanska’s footsteps. Expect Swiatek to have an edge against Christina McHale.
Tip: Swiatek to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)