World number nine Iga Swiatek of Poland will be up against Estonian and 31st-ranked Anett Kontaveit in the third round of the 2021 French Open on Saturday, June 5. Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Anett Kontaveit match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Anett Kontaveit Head to Head
Both of their previous meetings went in favour of Kontaveit who beat Swiatek on the hard courts of Cincinnati Open in 2019 and Australian Open the following year. Things have drastically changed for Swiatek since then though, especially on dirt.
Swiatek Registers 10th Win on Clay
Not that Rebecca Peterson was given much of a chance against the defending champion when they faced off in their second round match but to see Swiatek demolish the Swede in the manner that she did was quite marvellous.
It could have been a lot worse for Peterson had Swiatek not lost focus and dropped her serve late in the first set but a total of six breaks of serves were enough to help the Pole win 6-1, 6-1. She was on court for a mere 62 minutes.
Swiatek, who won 80% of her first serves in the encounter, slammed 22 winners and had just 12 unforced errors. That, by itself became a huge difference as Peterson managed just seven winners and committed 23 unforced errors in the encounter.
And with Swiatek showing equal proficiency at the net, winning all five of her points there, there was no stopping the Pole.
She had earlier registered a 6-0, 7-5 win over Kaja Juvan in her opening round match.
Kontaveit Dismisses Mladenovic in Round Two
After a difficult first round win, Kontaveit did not waste too much in her second round match against Kristina Mladenovic.
The Estonian carved out a 6-2, 6-0 win – dropping two games like Swiatek did in her match – to come through to the third round in a mere 53 minutes and seal her third meeting with Swiatek.
At first, things looked to headed towards what seemed like a fighting contest when both started off cagily on their own serves. Kontaveit, incidentally had had to save two break-points to get on the board but once they had got to two games apiece in the first set, there was no looking back for the 31st-ranked player.
She raced off to win the next 10 games in a row to pouch the victory, one which was in a sharp contrast to her opening round 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-0 win over Viktroija Golubic. Having entered this tournament on a 3-2 win-loss on clay this season, Kontaveit will now hope to she has enough left in her tank to test out a player on a nine match winning streak at Roland-Garros.
Swiatek v Kontaveit Prediction and Tip
Only one winner here and that’s Swiatek. Question is whether she can get herself that win in straight sets or will Kontaveit fight hard before caving in. Straight-setter expected.