World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will hope to be fit and ready when she takes on Poland’s Magda Linette in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Thursday, June 3. Get the live streaming options of this Ashleigh Barty v Magda Linette match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ashleigh Barty v Magda Linette Head to Head
Barty and Linette have not played before this.
Barty Wins, But Admits to Injury
On her first return to Philippe Chatrier since capturing her maiden Grand Slam singles title in 2019, Ashleigh Barty was far from her usual best as she stumbled past a potential upset and an injury to beat Bernarda Pera in three sets.
Following Naomi Osaka’s shock withdrawal from the tournament, Barty momentarily appeared set to join the Japanese as the top two seeds to depart before the second round. The Australian World No. 1 was cruising in the opening set before her movement was hampered by a hip problem.
Barty’s pace on her serve dropped down by almost 10 mph. Although she managed to close out the first set 6-4, Pera tested her movement in the second set with her measured groundstrokes.
Barty’s general body coordination was lacking, and the American dominated despite garnering a single service break. She levelled the match and forced a decider.
The top seed called for the trainer early on in the third set, and Pera’s momentum was halted. Barty broke twice in the decider as Pera struggled to recover her form.
Linette Ousts Qualifier Paquet
Magda Linette completed a routine 6-3 6-3 win over French qualifier Chloe Paquet. Linette did not even have to get her fingernails or socks dirty in a match that lasted 88 minutes.
Paquet’s wild card entrant was quite a shocking decision by the tournament, to say the least. She had failed to win a single main draw match on tour this year. And aside from her decent qualifying run at the Australian Open, she has won only two main draw matches on the lower rungs of the ITF circuit.
The Frenchwoman was second best in every department against the three-time ATP tour titlist. The 29-year-old Linette secured four breaks of serve in the contest and won over 80% of first serve points.
The Pole was not in the best of form at the start of the season but produced a terrific run to the semifinals of Strasbourg in which she beat Nao Hibino, Alize Cornet and Yulia Putintseva without dropping a set.
Can she inflict the first defeat on Barty at the French Open for the first time since 2018?
Barty v Linette Prediction and Tip
Barty admitted in her presser, that there was a bit of a flare-up on her left hip. And we shouldn’t forget that the Aussie pulled out of the Italian Open just a couple of weeks ago due to a right arm injury.
If health dictates Barty’s course this week, she is extremely vulnerable to an upset. Linette is coming off a strong week in Strasbourg and has the tools to make Barty’s stay more problematic.