World number one Ash Barty will face off against teenage talent and the 17th-ranked Iga Swiatek in the third round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Monday, May 3. Get the live streaming options of this Ash Barty v Iga Swiatek match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ash Barty v Iga Swiatek Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Barty and Swiatek before this meeting in Madrid.
Barty Made to Work by Zidansek
Having begun her campaign here in Madrid with a demolition job of Shelby Rogers, Barty looked to be in a similar mood in her second round match against Tamara Zidansek.
Despite her below-average serving, Barty managed to hold on to her service, saving three break-points in the process but when push came to shove she broke Zidansek to clinch the first set.
Any hopes of an improvement in her serve, however, fell away quickly as Barty won just 62% of the points on serve. More vitally, she fell to 15-40 and 0-40 in the two of her service games and was promptly broken.
Overall, Barty got just over half of her first serves in throughout the match but this figure improved to 70% in the third set, which helped her to hold on to her serves better. Again, the world number one faced three break-points and saved all of them while breaking Zidansek off the only one she got.
Barty admitted there were “too many loose ones” for her in the match and she will need to do a lot better going up against a player of the calibre of Swiatek. Especially on clay.
Swiatek Blasts Siegemund Off
While Barty was battling her way through her second round match, Swiatek did not have too many problems. She registered a 6-3, 6-3 win over Laura Siegemund after having smashed Alison Riske 6-1, 6-1 in her opening encounter.
Things looked to be far rosier than what the scoreline suggests too as Swiatek raced off to a 6-3, 3-0 lead with two breaks of serves punctuating the second.
Unbothered by that, Siegemund fought back to win the next three games which included two successive breaks of serves as Swiatek began to falter a little.
Fortunately for the Pole, that was the extent of her opponent’s comeback as a break-back followed before a long ninth game of the set led to 11 match-points, the last of which led to the Swiatek win.
She will now face Barty in one of the biggest matches of her career but given how easily she had gotten past Simona Halep last French Open she would be no stranger to such encounters.
Barty v Swiatek Prediction and Tip
Barty is a favourite at 8/11 while Swiatek starts out at 11/10 but it’s tough to see this being anything but a straightforward win for either. Expecting a three-setter here.