Third seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia will face France’s Clara Burel in the second round of the 2021 Strasbourg Open on Tuesday, May 25. Get the live streaming options of this Ekaterina Alexandrova v Clara Burel match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ekaterina Alexandrova v Clara Burel Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the World No. 33 Alexandrova and World No. 146 Burel.
Alexandrova Ousts Davis
Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova improved to 13-10 in 2021 as she defeated America’s Lauren Davis 6-1, 7-5 in the first round of the Strasbourg Open on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Russian, who broke her opponent twice in both the sets, didn’t face a single break point in the first set while she saved one of two in the second to wrap up the match in an hour and 20 minutes.
Alexandrova is 5-3 on clay this season, having reached the quarterfinals in Stuttgart and the Round of 16 in Rome.
The Russian, who was a finalist in Linz in 2018 and won her only title in Shenzhen last year, was 8-6 on hard courts in the first quarter. She had reached the semifinals of the Gippsland Trophy by beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Iga Swiatek and Simona Halep in the first three rounds before falling to Kaia Kanepi in the last four.
The Russian also looked promising at the Australian Open, winning her first two rounds against Martina Trevisan and Barbora Krejcikova and matching her best Grand Slam performance by reaching the third round of a major for the fourth time, but yet again she was stopped from progressing to the Round of 16; this time by Ash Barty.
In other significant performance of the year, Alexandrova reached the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg but was sent packing by compatriot Margarita Gasparyan.
In her first clay court tournament of the year, Alexandrova defeated higher-ranked players in Karolina Muchova and Belinda Bencic to reach the last eight before falling to Halep in straight sets. She was knocked out of the first round in Madrid by Victoria Azarenka, but reached the Round of 16 in Rome with a first-round win over Martya Kostyuk and a walkover in the second round against Jennifer Brady.
Burel Storms Past Gracheva
On Tuesday, Alexandrova will face World No. 146 Clara Burel, who knocked out Russia’s Varvara Gracheva, who is ranked 56 places higher than her.
Dominating the first-round contest, Burel needed just an hour and five minutes to dispatch Gracheva 6-3, 6-1. The 20-year-old Frenchwoman won 67% of service points and 53% return points, breaking Gracheva on five occasions and saving one of six break points in the match.
Burel had come into the tournament having won an ITF title on clay in Saint Gaudens this month. She also reached an ITF final in Oeiras, Portugal last month but had to withdraw before the final against Polona Hercog.
The 20-year-old had shot into limelight last year, when she reached the third round of the French Open on her main draw debut. The right-hander had defeated Arantxa Rus and Kaja Juvan in the first two rounds but she faltered against Shuai Zhang in the Round of 32.
This year, the former junior No. 1 won all her qualifying rounds at the Australian Open, but fell to to Alison Van Uytvanck in the Round of 128.
Burel’s best performance this year came in Lyon, where she reached the quarterfinals by beating fifth seed Alize Cornet and Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first two rounds respectively, but went down fighting to second seed Fiona Ferro. All three of those matches in Lyon had gone the distance.
Alexandrova v Burel Prediction and Tip
Burel is in solid form but can she upset the third seed? She will definitely challenge the Russian, who doesn’t have a great record on clay. But going by recent form, expect Alexandrova to go through after a tough contest.