World number 34 Paula Badosa has the American challenge of the 86th-ranked Lauren Davis in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Paula Badosa v Lauren Davis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Paula Badosa v Lauren Davis Head to Head
Their only previous match came in the qualifiers of the 2015 Madrid Open where Badosa defeated her opponent in straight sets.
Badosa 13-2 on Clay This Season
Before coming into this season’s clay swing, Badosa had won seven ITF level competitions and only two of them had come on clay. So while she held her own on the surface by no stretch can she be called a clay court specialist.
And yet, the manner in which Badosa has played this year on clay, one could well term her as special on clay.
Because featuring in three clay court competitions in 2021, Badosa has registered 13 wins so far and lost just two matches. This also includes a title victory at the Belgrade Open just prior to this French Open, making it her maiden title win on the WTA circuit.
Before that, Badosa also reached the semifinal at both, the Charleston Open and the WTA Madrid, in turn overcoming Belinda Bencic on two separate occasions and the world number one Ash Barty once.
Having begun the season on the cusp of the top 70 in the rankings Badosa has improved to 34th in the world and could well be one of the outsider chances to go deep into this tournament.
Davis 6-9 This Year
Following on from an underwhelming last season, Davis hasn’t done too much better in 2021 either, winning just six of her 15 matches.
Her best performance came at the Guadalajara Open where the American made it through to the quarterfinal after starting out as a qualifier, but that result aside, Davis has won back to back matches just once this year. That came on the clay courts of the Charleston Open, which included a big upset – a comeback from behind win over Kenin.
She featured in a second tournament in Charleston where she reached round two before falling in the opener at Strasbourg.
And now facing a player in some excellent form, Davis will need to hope for a lot to go her way and against the run of play to think of a win.
Badosa v Davis Prediction and Tip
As one-sided matches between unseeded players go, this would have been right up there had Badosa not been bumped up to being a seeded player after the withdrawal of Alison Riske. Straight set win can easily be expected.