In a battle between two players ranked outside the top 100, Venus Williams takes on Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Monday, June 28. Get the live streaming options of this Venus Williams v Mihaela Buzarnescu match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Venus Williams v Mihaela Buzarnescu Head to Head
In their only previous encounter, Venus Williams had defeated Buzarnescu in a tough three-setter at the 2019 Australian Open.
Venus on a Six-Match Losing Streak
While Venus’ form over the past few years hasn’t been the best, this season has been one of her worst even by those standards.
She enters this competition on the back of a six-match losing streak that began in the second round of Australian Open where she injured herself against Sara Errani but continued to play on and lost 6-1, 6-0.
Since then, defeats in opening rounds at Miami, Madrid, Parma, Strasbourg and Roland-Garros have left Venus staring at an abyss and talks of retirement have run rife.
Wimbledon has provided Venus with some of her best results though with the American having won five singles titles here and made it through to four finals including one as recently as 2017.
Since then, however, Venus has won just two matches here across two editions and comes into this tournament on the back of a 4-3 win-loss record on grass since 2018.
Will she have any firepower left to get past her 160th-ranked opponent in this one?
Buzarnescu’s Not Played on Grass Since 2019
In what has been a middling sort of a season for Buzarnescu, the Romanian hasn’t played in a single tournament on grass.
While one might argue that for a player ranked 160th in the world, she wouldn’t have got a direct entry into any competition anyway, even featuring in a few of those grass qualifiers might have helped.
Instead we only have some records from the previous season to look at – in 2019 she had won one of the four matches she played but in the season before that, the Romanian had her rhythm going on grass with a 9-4 record.
Can she conjure up her old self to surprise a struggling opponent or will it be a bridge too far for Buzarnescu as she looks to come back to grass after a long pause?
Williams v Buzarnescu Prediction and Tip
Venus is in a rare position where she starts off a favourite at 4/7 but it might not be that easy for her and we could be looking at a fighting contest that goes into a third set.