World number nine Iga Swiatek will be up against Russian former world number two Vera Zvonareva in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Wednesday, June 30. Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Vera Zvonareva match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Vera Zvonareva Head to Head
Swiatek and Zvonareva have never faced off in a competitive match before this.
Swiatek Avoids Another Three-Setter
The Polish number one hasn’t played in too many matches on grass but she sure has been involved in a few three-setters before this opener against Su-wei Hsieh.
In fact coming into this first round match at Wimbledon, both of Swiatek’s grass matches this year went into a third set. Why is this surprising? Because on clay, Swiatek had faced just one three-setter over the last 14 matches she’s played!
Which is also why Swiatek would be relieved with her 6-4, 6-4 win over Hsieh in a match that took an hour and 16 minutes.
Swiatek, who had never won a match at Wimbledon before this, broke her opponent in the very first game and had a golden chance to go 3-0 up but frittered away four break-point chances.
She later closed out the set without any issues though and when she grabbed an early break in the second set, the writing looked to be on the wall. Except Hsieh put up a fight, broke Swiatek back and levelled it out at 2-2.
The world number nine got her seventh and last break-point of the match, utilising it well and finishing off the match in an hour and 16 minutes.
Zvonareva Shrugs off Eastbourne Injury
Zvonareva looked good in her Eastbourne International qualifiers, defeated Fiona Ferro and Kristina Mladenovic to make it to the main draw. And she looked to have settled in some good rhythm against Daria Kasatkina in the opener before an injury forced her to withdraw from that encounter.
Fortunately for Zvonareva, the injury did not cause too much damage by the looks of things as she marched into round two with a straight-set win over Marie Bouzkova.
Zvonareva, who is a former Wimbledon finalist, has never gone beyond the third round after that claiming that runnerup trophy in 2010. With a win here over Bouzkova, however, she gives herself a chance to emulate that record.
Her first round win needed her an hour and 47 minutes to get going, and saw her overturn a string of six breaks of serves in the first set to claim it 7-5. The second was a cagier affair with neither player affording her opponent too many chances but when the going got tough in the ninth game, Zvonareva managed to claim the only break of the set before serving it out.
Swiatek v Zvonareva Prediction and Tip
Swiatek isn’t as comfortable on grass as on other surfaces and that could allow Zvonareva a chance. We believe she could win a set here before Swiatek pockets the match.