Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan will take on Swede Rebecca Peterson in the second round of the Olympics women’s singles on Monday, July 26. Get the live streaming options of this Elena Rybakina v Rebecca Peterson match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elena Rybakina v Rebecca Peterson Head to Head
Elena Rybakina and Rebecca Peterson have played each other just once, with the Swede finishing on a winning note. What’s of significance in the context of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics is that their only meeting till date came on hard court. All tennis matches in the Japanese capital are going to be played on hard courts.
Rybakina Strolls Past Stosur
If she was meaning to throw down the gauntlet and send out a warning to rivals in her Tokyo opener, Rybakina couldn’t have done it any better. Currently ranked 20th in singles, the 22-year-old from Kazakhstan made short work of veteran Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur to storm into the second round.
Though a veteran of many battles, Stosur was strangely off-colour in a match where she was supposed to come out swinging and impose herself on her opponent. However, she fell behind in the opening set and before long, conceded a break of serve.
Rybakina held on to her advantage and took the first set 6-4. With the momentum on her side and belief and adrenaline surging in her system, the Kazakh star went harder at the Aussie in the second set.
Stosur simply fell away in the second as Rybakina went for the kill. The Kazakh star broke the Aussie again and was all over her before closing it an emphatic 6-4, 6-2 win.
Though the 22-year-old didn’t have a particularly fruitful hard court season, the tennis she produced in the Tokyo opener will have put her in a good space as she bids to go even with Peterson on head-to-head count in the second round.
Peterson Sees off Sherif
Rising Swede tennis star Rebecca Peterson took down Egyptian Mayar Sherif in a close first-round clash to seal her passage to the second round.
Though the match eventually fell into her lap, the Swede didn’t have it easy against the 118th-ranked Egyptian. There was little to separate between the two players in the opening exchanges.
However, playing the big points better, the 59th-ranked Swede did manage to break Sherif and take the opening set 7-5. Undeterred, the Egyptian kept herself in the contest, taking the second set to a tiebreak. But the Eyptian fell away in the tiebreak to go down 5-7, 6-7 (1-7).
Peterson reached the semifinals of the Swedish Open before coming to Tokyo and will take the momentum from her opening-round win as she bids to slay a more accomplished opponent in Rybakina in her next.
Rybakina v Peterson Prediction and Tip
Rybakina was clinical in her win over Stosur and if she can play anywhere close to the level in her Tokyo opener, she should fancy putting it past Peterson in the second round.
While one should expect the Swede to be ready for the big test and putting up a stiff challenge, the head-to-head record between these two would hold the scales in balance and not tip one way or the other.