World number 35 Paula Badosa faces 62nd-ranked Danka Kovinic in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 2. Get the live streaming options of this Paula Badosa v Danka Kovinic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Paula Badosa v Danka Kovinic Head to Head
Badosa and Kovinic will be meeting for the first time in a competitive encounter at the highest level.
Badosa Storms Past Davis in Opener
Starting out as an overwhelming favourite against an already struggling Lauren Davis, Badosa had some issues in the second set but her confidence helped her through to a straight set win.
Badosa was on court for an hour and 42 minutes to notch up a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win over her American opponent to seal her second round berth.
Having entered the tournament as a seeded player following the pull-out of Alison Riske, Badosa exhibited some of the early sparkle that had seen her lift her first WTA title recently. A Belgrade Open winner a week ago, Badosa took full toll of some wayward Davis serving to break her in the sixth and eighth game of the opening set to go 1-0 up.
When Badosa then took a 2-0 lead in the second, the writing looked to be on the wall for Davis. The American though fought back hard, broke in the third game and then again in the ninth game to serve for the set.
Badosa wasn’t done though as she levelled things off in the next game and had a smooth sailing tie-breaker to notch up a 14th win on clay as opposed a mere two defeats.
Kovinic Shows Signs of Charleston Form
Kovinic had made a strong start to the clay court season, making it to the final at the Charleston Open and then storming into the semifinal at the same venue the following week.
Since then, however, the world number 62 has fallen apart as she lost in the first round at both Madrid and Belgrade. What might have made those defeats more difficult to comprehend is that for an in-form Kovinic those came against Sloane Stephens and Cristina Bucsa – both second favourites in those encounter.
Even to get to the main draw at Madrid, Kovinic was a lucky loser who had fallen to Misaki Doi in the qualifiers.
Which is why a 6-3, 7-6 (8) win over Clara Burel in a fighting match that lasted two hours and 13 minutes, would smoothen some of those frayed nerves for Kovinic.
The match saw a total of 11 breaks with Kovinic garnering six of them and saw her come back from 5-3 down to serve for the match at 6-5 in the second before finishing off the topy-turvy match in a tie-breaker where she had to save a set-point.
Things could get tougher for Kovinic now.
Badosa v Kovinic Prediction and Tip
Another straight-set win could be in the offing for Badosa who starts off at 1/5 to win it and 4/6 to do that in two. Backing her for an easy win here.