198th-ranked and Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse will take on Czech wildcard and 16-year-old Lucie Havlickova in the first round of the 2021 Prague Open on Monday, July 12. Get the live streaming options of this Elena-Gabriela Ruse v Lucie Havlickova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elena-Gabriela Ruse v Lucie Havlickova Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Ruse and Havlickova before this.
Ruse Coming off Excellent Hamburg Performance
Ranked 198th in the world, Ruse needed to qualify for Hamburg Open last week with a couple of wins but she didn’t stop there.
The Romanian player went way better and made it to the final, which included wins over Dayana Yastremska, Jil Teichmann and Danielle Collins. It is her first final and at the time of writing she still holds a chance to lift the trophy.
Why this performance comes as a huge surprise is Ruse has never been ranked in the top 150, never won a match at Grand Slam and rarely won a match in the main draw of the women’s circuit.
For her to then go from there to stand on the verge of winning a WTA title is a huge shift in momentum, one Ruse would hope she can take into this competition as well. Up against her is a player who is all of 16 years in age and 821st on the charts.
Havlickova Making WTA Debut
The only previous time Havlickova featured in the main draw of a WTA match was also here in Prague but it was for a $125k event that was held last year to help players who were unable to feature in US Open.
As it turned out, Havlickova managed to win her first round match against Riya Bhatia, double-bagelling her before losing in the second.
Now, as a wild-card, Havlickova makes her WTA 250 debut, and what’s interesting to note is as a 16-year-old, the Czech hasn’t even played too many ITF tournaments.
In fact this season, of the five ITF competitions she did try to qualify for, Havlickova made it to the main draw at just one and lost her opener there.
Can she test Ruse in this one in front of her home fans?
Ruse v Havlickova Prediction and Tip
This shouldn’t be too much of a problem for Ruse, who should wrap this up in straight sets to march into the second round.