World number 28 Alison Riske kick-starts her grass court campaign with a match against China’s Wang Xiyu in the second round of the 2021 Nottingham Open on Tuesday, June 8. Get the live streaming options of this Alison Riske v Wang Xiyu match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alison Riske v Wang Xiyu Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between these two players before this encounter.
Riske Hoping for First Win Since September 2020
It’s been a while since Riske won a match and a lot of that has to do with her fitness concerns which have meant she has been able to participate in only three tournaments this year.
Even so, Riske has lost all three of her first round matches in those competitions including a retirement in the opening round at the Italian Open last month too against Iga Swiatek.
She had earlier lost to Anastasia Potapova and Swiatek in her previous two matches of the season.
Last year, Riske won her opener at US Open but defeats to Ann Li, Aliona Bolsova and Julia Goerges mean she is now on a six-match losing streak. Can grass turn her fortunes around, a surface on which the American won her last WTA title – in Hertogenbosch – and then made Wimbledon quarterfinal that very year.
Xiyu Fights Past Di Giuseppe
In a rare main draw win for Xiyu, she overcame Martina Di Giuseppe in her first round match here in Nottingham, defeating her opponent in two tie-breakers to proceed to the second round.
This will be Xiyu Wang’s second appearance at the second round of a tournament, having done that way earlier this season in Abu Dhabi.
Since then and before this, Wang had featured in 11 tournaments including ITF competitions and not won a single main draw match.
Here too, it needed Wang nearly two hours and the need to overcome three breaks of serves to get past her 194th-ranked opponent. Can she now defeat a top-30 player who hasn’t won anything in eight months?
Riske v Xiyu Prediction and Tip
It’s a match between two woefully out of form players and while Wang has played a lot more and won two matches, backing Riske to finally come good again on grass.