The 158th-ranked Leonie Kung will face Xinyu Wang who is ranked 144th in the world in the first round of the 2021 Prague Open on Monday, July 12. Get the live streaming options of this Leonie Kung v Xinyu Wang match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Leonie Kung v Xinyu Wang Head to Head
Kung and Wang have never played each other competitively before this.
Kung 1-8 on Clay This Season
It has been a wretched season for Kung, and more so on clay where she has won just one of her nine matches. Making it worse for her is most of those eight defeats have come in the qualifying rounds of competitions.
These losses while an extreme case of continuing poor form, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given Kung is much more comfortable on hard court surfaces than she is on clay.
What should give her slightly more confidence is her only win on clay this year came as recently as this week when she won her opener at the WTA $125k competition in Bastad. And then Kung lost in the second round to Olga Govortska.
Can Kung take down her higher-ranked Chinese opponent to make it her second win on clay for 2021?
Wang Focussed on ITF for Clay
While Wang did feature in a few WTA tournament during the hard court swing and then again participated in Wimbledon, she opted to play in three ITF tournaments on clay.
A final at one of them helped but coming up in her opening qualifier at French Open, Wang lost in straight sets despite going in as a favourite against the little known Rebecca Stramkova.
As far as confidence goes, Wang will have oodles of it having won three straight-set matches to make the main draw at Wimbledon. There she was drawn Sofia Kenin in the opener and after a fighting opening set, lost in straight.
Against Kung, that should be enough to pull her through to the second round.
Kung v Wang Prediction and Tip
It will be interesting to see how prepared is Kung for her singles opener after having had to play in the final of doubles at Bastad. We could end up seeing a three-setter here.