The world number 37 Barbora Strycova will be up against her Czech compatriot and 114th-ranked Barbora Krejcikova in the second round of the 2020 French Open on Wednesday, September 30. The match is expected to begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Barbora Strycova v Barbora Krejcikova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Barbora Strycova v Barbora Krejcikova Head to Head
This will be the first battle of the Barboras, Strycova and Krejcikova, separated by nearly 80 places in the WTA rankings and 10 years by age.
Strycova Comes Through against Lepchenko
The last time Strycova was ranked outside the top 100 on the WTA charts was in 2013, but she ended that season 92nd and since then has shown a steady rise in her rankings. What’s so special about her performances is even at the age of 34, she has soldiered on and kept afloat, entering this edition of the French Open as a seeded player.
As recently as in 2018, Strycova made it to the fourth round at the French Open, which was her best performance at this tournament, and in the following year, the Czech became a first-time semifinalist at a Grand Slam competition – it came at the Wimbledon.
Typically, clay hasn’t been her most preferred surface but in a career that long – she has been around for a better part of a decade – Strycova has two clay court finals in WTA tournaments to her name.
Strycova’s bigger story comes in doubles in which she has won 31 titles including a Grand Slam win but her continued fight in the singles has been one of the unheralded stories of tennis at the highest level.
She defeated Varvara Lepchenko in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 in the first round, having gone up a break, and then having gone down a break before levelling things off at 5-5 and breaking her opponent in the 12th game to seal the set.
The second set was a lot easier for the experienced Strycova after it went on serve till 2-2 before she went on to wrap it up by winning four games in a row.
Krejcikova Aiming to Replicate Some of Her Doubles Success
Not that it really matters but Krejcikova was once ranked number one in doubles and is currently the eighth in the world there. She has a couple of Grand Slam titles as a doubles player, winning the 2018 French Open and Wimbledon but she hasn’t been able to replicate anywhere close to that success in singles tennis.
In fact, by reaching the second round at this edition of the French Open, Krejcikova has emulated her best ever showing in singles Grand Slam tennis, having done the same at the Australian Open earlier this year. At the previous 15 Grand Slams she participated, Krejcikova lost in the qualifiers a whopping 14 times, making the first round only once and that came at the French Open of 2018.
Needless to say she had lost her opener there.
Playing Nina Stojanovic in the first round here, Krejcikova came away with a 6-3, 7-5 victory, which would have been a relief given only a few days ago she had had to withdraw from her ITF Prerov round two match because of fitness issues.
Can she now make it to the third round for the very first time?
Strycova v Krejcikova Prediction and Tip
There’s not a lot to choose between the two because while Strycova has the experience, Krejcikova has the youth by her side and a good amount of practice on clay this season having played 26 matches across different tournaments. We are going with the games market here.
Tip: Over 29.5 games in the match: 4/5 (bet365)