World number 33 Paula Badosa will take on fellow Spaniard and 152nd-ranked Aliona Bolsova in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon Open on Monday, June 28 Get the live streaming options of this Paula Badosa v Aliona Bolsova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Paula Badosa v Aliona Bolsova Head to Head
While the two 23-year-old Spaniards have never faced off at the highest level there have been two matches between them on the ITF circuit and Badosa has won them. Both were played in 2018.
Stuttering Start on Grass for Badosa
It has been an otherwise unforgettable season for Badosa. Before losing her only match on grass – and to Elina Svitolina no less – Badosa had already made it to four WTA competitions semifinals.
And to top it all, Badosa had won her maiden WTA title at Belgrade having not dropped a single set in it.
She followed that Belgrade win with a deep run at Roland-Garros, sending the 2019 runnerup Marketa Vondrousova packing in the fourth round there.
What Badosa would have liked is for a few more matches on grass though, in the lead-up to Wimbledon. For a player who has won just two career matches on this surface, this lack of match time could be a cause for concern coming into the opening round here.
Can Badosa carve out a better showing at Wimbledon by overturning the Eastbourne opening defeat?
Bolsova in Her First Wimbledon Main Draw
Not only is Bolsova playing in her first ever Wimbledon main draw encounter, she will also be playing her first ever match in the main draw of any tournament on grass.
Yep, the Spaniard’s only previous foray on grass came in 2019 when she played at the qualifiers at both, Mallorca and Wimbledon but failed to make it to the main draw at either.
This time around, Bolsova has gotten lucky too. At the moment she might be ranked outside the top 150 and had the cut-off date for the ranking been a couple of weeks later she would have had to make it through the qualifiers.
It’s because of her top-110 rank at the time of cut-off and a few withdrawals has Bolsova been able to get away with a direct entry into the tournament.
Unfortunately for Bolsova, that would be no major satisfaction given she has won just one WTA main draw match so far this season. And with Badosa’s form being the way it is, it’s tough to see her get past her higher-ranked Spanish opponent.
Badosa v Bolsova Prediction and Tip
This looks like a straight-set win for Badosa against a player who has struggled most season and barely played anything on grass.