World number 12 Belinda Bencic will be up against Spain’s Paula Badosa in their second round match at the 2021 Charleston Open on Wednesday, April 7. Get the live streaming options of this Belinda Bencic v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Belinda Bencic v Paula Badosa Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Bencic and Badosa before this meeting at the Charleston Open.
Bencic 7-6 This Season
Despite having made it to the final of the Adelaide International, Bencic would have liked to do better than the 7-6 win-loss record she has for this season. Especially as a world number 12.
Bencic, who began the season with a first round defeat at the Grampians Trophy to Sorana Cirstea, looked to have rediscovered some of her rhythm back at the Australian Open when she reached the third round there. A 6-2, 6-1 loss to Elise Mertens at that stage and then a 6-2, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Iga Swiatek in the final in Adelaide meant there were a few chinks that were getting exploited by the top players.
Unfortunately for Bencic, she was unable to maintain even that kind of a run in the three tournaments that followed. Madison Keys took her out in the opener at Doha, Anastasia Potapova stunned her in the second round at Dubai and Bencic then went out to Marketa Vondrousiva in the third round at Miami.
Can she make a decent switch over to clay, a surface on which she was 11-6 the last time there was a full season?
Badosa Overturns Early Nerves
Spain’s Badosa was a favourite going into her opener against Varvara Gracheva but for a while it looked like it was the other way around. After an early exchange of breaks in the first set, Gracheva broke her opponent in the eighth game and then served out the set.
And then twice in the second set, the Russian held a one-break advantage only to be broke back by Badosa. The Spaniard’s ability to remain within a touching distance of her opponent came handy when she held to go 6-5 up and then got herself three chances to get past Gracheva’s serve, with the break materialising off the third.
With the momentum shifted, Badosa hurried to break Gracheva twice in the final set to close out the match 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
This result follows Badosa’s solid season on clay in 2020 when she made it to the semifinal at the Istanbul Open and then all the way to the fourth round at the French Open. Can she carry that clay court form over to her second round match against Bencic?
Bencic v Badosa Prediction and Tip
Bencic starts off a favourite but only just with Badosa given 6/5 odds for a win. We believe Badosa has a chance to get past Bencic in this one but more so a very good opportunity to win at least one set.
Tip: Badosa to win a set – Yes: 1/2 (bet365)