Number 21 seed Elena Rybakina will play unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in the third round of the 2021 French Open on Friday, June 4. Get the live streaming options of this Elena Rybakina v Elena Vesnina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elena Rybakina v Elena Vesnina Head to Head
Rybakina and Vesnina have not played before this.
Rybakina Surpasses Best Showing at RG
Elena Rybakina stomped past Nao Hibino, barely showing any profligacy to record a routine 6-3 6-1 win in an hour and 3 minutes. And in advancing to the third round of the clay Slam, she surpassed her best showing at Roland Garros.
In her previous two visits to Paris, she had lost in the first and second rounds. However, there has been a significant improvement in her movement and weight of shots in her two wins this week, thanks in part to a generous draw.
Rybakina had an easy time subduing Japan’s Nao Hibino on Wednesday evening. She raced into a 4-1 lead after an early break and did not hand back the initiative. She sealed the first set 6-3, dropping just two points behind her humongous first serve, and won 11 out of 26 receiving points.
The Kazakh powerhouse continued to dominate on her serve in the second set as well, winning 89% of first-serve points and broke Hibino’s serve three times to put the polish on this routine win.
Vesnina Gets Walkover
Elena Vesnina had second thoughts about returning to the tour. But she admits one email from the WTA changed her perspective about her potential return.
Vesnina who had been on maternity leave for the best part of two years had not requested a protected ranking. But due to special rules introduced by WTA, the Russian was persuaded by the women’s governing body to apply for one, simply because she had been a WTA doubles No.1 and a former top 50 player in singles competition.
In an extraordinary twist of fate, Vesnina has now equaled her career-best showing at the French Open after Petra Kvitova – her schedule second-round opponent – was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. She had registered a stunning 6-1 6-0 victory over Olga Govortsova in her opening match to reach this stage.
Vesnina, who had lost both of her previous two matches coming to Paris, now has a golden opportunity to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the fourth time in singles.
Rybakina v Vesnina Prediction and Tip
Rybakina has looked sharp and laser-focused in her two matches. She barely showed any profligacy behind her serve. If the Kazakh maintains this form, she should have another comfortable day’s work against the returning Vesnina.