World number 50 Wang Qiang will have a tough match on her hands when she takes on the comeback Croat Ana Konjuh in the second round of the 2021 WTA Istanbul Open on Wednesday, April 21. Get the live streaming options of this Wang Qiang v Ana Konjuh match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Wang Qiang v Ana Konjuh Head to Head
These two players, Qiang and Konjuh will be competing against each other for the first time ever at the highest level.
Qiang Gets Streaky Opening Win
Facing the world number 182, Gasanova, Qiang had gone into her opening round match as a favourite but her recent struggles came back to the fore to haunt her. That she won eventually would come as a relief for the former world number 12 but as her current ranking of 50th in the world shows, things have not been easy for her.
And that reflected in her opening victory.
Needing two hours and 17 minutes, Qiang carved out a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win in what was a match strewn with errors from both players. In the first set, in fact, there were seven breaks of serves in total with Gasanova managing to win it off that seventh break.
It was after that, Qiang came into her own as she ran through Gasanova’s serve on three occasions in the second set and twice more in the third to clinch the match, making it her first win on clay since May 2019.
Konjuh Sends Sara Packing
Sara Errani is a solid clay-courter even if she has fallen down the pecking order. Bookmakers had found if difficult to separate her from Konjuh in their first round encounter with the Croat starting out only a minor favourite.
Konjuh, who is on a comeback trail and as a result of that is ranked 241st in the world, did not have a lot of difficulties though, beating Errani. She won 7-5, 6-2 to seal her place in the second round.
The match went on for an hour and 38 minutes, with the first set lasting nearly an hour as the duo exchanged six breaks of serves to take them to 5-5. Konjuh had a chance to serve for the set at 5-4, missed it but then at 6-5 she clinched the set off the second set-point she got.
It became easier for Konjuh in the second set as she grabbed a 3-1 lead, nearly broke Errani again in the fifth game before finally breaking in the seventh game to seal the deal.
Konjuh had played in only one clay court tournament last season and gone on to win that on the ITF circuit.
Qiang v Konjuh Prediction and Tip
Konjuh’s rasping form makes her a strong favourite for this one. Backing her to finish this off in straight sets too.
Tip: Konjuh to win in straight sets: 5/4 (bet365)