World number 18 Elena Rybakina will hope to recapture her past form when she takes on Greet Minnen in the first round of the 2020 Strasbourg Open on Monday, September 21. The match is expected to begin at around 2 pm local time (1 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Elena Rybakina v Greet Minnen match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elena Rybakina v Greet Minnen Head to Head
Just one previous match between these two players has led to Rybakina defeat Minnen in their second round meet in at the 2020 Australian Open.
Rybakina with a Slow Resumption Back
Rybakina’s record pre and post the break from tennis has a marked difference in her form. Before the players went on a break, Rybakina had participated in six tournaments on the tour and reached the final at four of them. She went on to win one title as well.
On the other hand, since returning from the break, Rybakina has featured in three tournaments, losing in the first round at the Cincinnati Open, second round at the US Open and then at the quarterfinals of the Italian Open earlier this week.
The question now is whether Rybakina can ride this form blip and make a comeback to form; making her a formidable opponent in not jut this match. There were signs of that resurrection in Rome before she went down fighting to fellow Kazakh Yulia Putintseva in the last eight, and if she can propel forward into this encounter and tournament, Rybakina could become a player to watch out.
Minnen’s Never Seen Top 100
With a career-best ranking of 103rd in the world, Minnen made it to the main draw of this tournament by winning her only qualifier. She defeated Michaela Bayerlova in that qualifying round – the only match one needed to make it to round one – but now takes one of the biggest challenges of her career.
For someone who had featured in multiple tournaments before and after the pandemic, it comes as a shock that Minnen’s record is that underwhelming.
For starters, before starting out at this tournament, Minnen had featured in a six-match losing streak that spanned across seven months starting with the WTA Dubai.
In fact other than winning at qualifiers, Minnen’s only win in the main draw of events came in the Australian Open. And then in the second round, she went down to Rybakina.
Rybakina v Minnen Prediction & Tip
It looks like a straight set win looks a stern possibility with Rybakina not looking to spend on too time in getting past her opponent. Over 19.5 games in the match looks a decent bet.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match: 10/11 (bet365)