Venus Williams will face Irina-Camelia Begu in one of the matches at the 2021 Adelaide Exhibition which will be played on Friday, January 29, with the encounter likely to begin at around 5 pm local time (7.30 am BST or 1.30 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Venus Williams v Irina-Camelia Begu match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Venus Williams v Irina-Camelia Begu Head to Head
Their only previous encounter came at the Rogers Cup in 2017 and Venus Williams needed to overcome a second set blip to win that opening round encounter in three sets.
Venus on a Five-Match Losing Streak
Ever since making it to the second round at the Lexington Open, which was the first tournament after the pandemic break last year, Venus Williams hasn’t won a match. In the process she has lost five in a row, including one to her sister Serena Williams, and another at the hands of Victoria Azarenka but the fight has always been there.
Unfortunately for Venus, that hasn’t translated into results for a while now.
In the whole of 2020, that Lexington Open victory was her only win in main draws of WTA competitions. Eight losses punctuated that effort.
Even taking into account the fact the pandemic-induced break was more difficult for her, the 2019 season performances since making it to the quarterfinals at the Indian Wells Open left a lot to desire. As a result, she has now fallen to 80th in the world, and the 40-year-old would hope she can turn things around with a stronger start to the year.
Begu Struggles on Hard Court
Once a 22nd-ranked player in the world, Begu has fallen down to 79th and as a result of that, was forced to play in a couple of ITF events and a WTA $125k competition. She won one of those ITF tournaments and then doubled it up with a victory at the Indian Wells $125k competition.
Begu returned after the pandemic break to then play at the WTA Prague where she reached the semifinal, and then qualified for the Rome Open where she reached the second round.
Two very early defeats at the US Open and French Open, however, pushed back her progress and she ended the season without qualifying for the Ostrava Open and a first round defeat at the Linz Open.
Venus v Begu Prediction and Tip
It’s a battle between two equals in terms of their form on hard court, but Venus’ better experience should give her a very small edge here.
Tip: Venus Williams to win: 4/5 (bet365)
The 2021 A Day at the Drive will be played on January 29. You can watch all these matches with Channel Nine in Australia or live stream it with 9Now there. In the UK, these matches will be broadcast live on Eurosport Player. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.