World number 54 Iga Swiatek takes on the 63rd-ranked Hsieh Su-Wei in the second round at the 2020 French Open on Wednesday, September 30 and the match could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Hsieh Su-Wei match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Hsieh Su-Wei Head to Head
This will be the first match between Swiatek and Hsieh at this level of competition.
Sizzling Swiatek Sends Vondrousova Packing
She was facing the previous year’s French Open runner-up but that barely looked like a deterrent for the 19-year-old Polish player. Swiatek played some of her best tennis in recent times and aided by her opponent’s poor service, she went on to rout her Czech opponent 6-1, 6-2.
Things got off on the right foot for the Pole as she broke Vondrousova in the very second game of the match and raced off to a 4-1 lead as a result. If Vondrousova thought she could make a late comeback in the set, it got even more difficult when she dropped her service for the second time for Swiatek to complete a facile win in the first set.
Vondrousova looked like she was up for a scrap in the second set for a while as she broke back after having lost her serve in the very first game. After that, however, Swiatek dropped just one more game in the match to quickly wrap up the match.
Swiatek’s solidity on her second serve, where she won 76% of her points, combined with the 23 winners she hit helped her sail through to the second round, coming on the back of just the one tour-level match she had played this season on clay. It was a loss at Rome.
Earlier though, during the pandemic break, Swiatek was a part of a couple of exhibition tournaments in Switzerland and Czech Republic, both of which were held on clay, and she won nine of the 10 matches she played in.
Going to be a good chance to make it to the third round here, following on from the fourth round last season.
Hsieh’s Aiming for Career-Best French Open Showing
Across the 13 editions of the French Open competitions she has played since 2001, Hsieh has reached the third round at this competition just one. She now has a good chance of emulating that showing yet again given it’s not a high seeded player she would be facing in this one.
In her first round match, Hsieh got rid of Barbora Haas 6-3, 7-6 to set up this next meeting with the Pole. Hsieh exchanged breaks of serve in the first round before she got the decisive break of serve in the sixth game, going on to win the set without too much ado after that.
The second set fluctuated like a pendulum. Hsieh fell a break behind, then levelled things up and then had a chance to serve out the match at 5-4. While she was broken again, the tie-breaker that followed turned out to be a one-sided one with Hsieh winning it 7-1.
That said, Swiatek has been around and threatening to get that breakthrough performance under her belt which makes fans around the world sit up and take notice. And that could be here against a veteran player who hasn’t won too many against a player of high pedigree.
Swiatek v Su-Wei Prediction and Tip
The markets reckon it could well be a one-sided encounter with odds of 1/5 for Swiatek’s win but it could take her a few more minutes than it did in the first round.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)