World number eight Serena Williams will take on the 74th-ranked and Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Serena Williams v Irina-Camelia Begu match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Serena Williams v Irina-Camelia Begu Head to Head
Their only previous match came at the Italian Open of 2016 when an in-form Serena routed Begu in straight sets to move into the final of that tournament.
Serena Resumes Hunt for Grand Number 24
There’s not much that Serena hasn’t achieved on a tennis court but this hunt for the 24th Grand Slam title has now gone on for a while and that would be bit of a bother.
Traditionally, clay isn’t Serena’s most favourite surface and her record at the French Open underlines that fact – ‘only’ three of her 23 Grand Slam titles have come at Roland Garros. Since 2015 edition of this competition, Serena has made the final once, but then over the course of the next three editions was ousted in fourth, third and second rounds respectively.
What dims Serena’s chances at this competition is the lack of favourable results on clay this year.
Opting to play at Rome for her first clay court tournament in 2021, Serena was knocked out in her opener, losing to Nadia Podoroska. And when she opted to play at the Parma Open after that, it was Katerina Siniakova who got the better of the American legend, a second round ouster in straight sets.
Can Serena now start off well here and take it a match at a time from there on?
Begu’s Had Her Successes on Clay
Clay has been a favourite surface for Begu with her best performances having come on this surface. An Italian Open semifinal in 2016, where she lost to Serena, and back to back quarterfinals in Madrid around that same time have punctuated some of her results from the past.
And even while she was trying to make a breakthrough to the highest level of tennis, Begu’s showing at the ITF level consisted of 20 finals – 15 of them had come on clay.
More recently, Begu has struggled to get going through.
Since making it to the quarterfinal at the Phillip Island Trophy, Begu hasn’t won a main draw match. Her defeats include opening round losses in Dubai, Miami and Madrid while she failed to qualify for the Italian Open main draw.
And while Serena’s form has been anything but exemplary, Begu will have an onerous task on her hand to kick things off here.
Serena v Begu Prediction and Tip
Another first round loss beckons Begu who has barely done anything of note this season since her Australian sojourn. Expect Serena to make it through in straight sets.