World number eight Iga Swiatek of Poland will take on Spain’s Paula Badosa in the second round of the Olympics women’s singles on Monday, July 26. Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Paula Badosa Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Swiatek and Badosa before this.
Swiatek Rips Past Barthel
A two-time WTA tournament winner this season and the 2020 French Open champion, Swiatek did not need a second invitation to get going and register an easy opening round victory.
In a match that lasted an hour and eight minutes, Swiatek romped to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mona Barthel and move into the second round at her maiden Olympics appearance.
While Swiatek was broken twice in the match, it came at a time when Barthel was already trailing and did not help her too much. In the first set, Barthel was down 0-5 when she got past the Polish player’s serve, while in the second, she came back to level it 2-2 only to lose her next two service games.
Swiatek has already won a title in a hard court tournament, winning the Adelaide International while having added a second by double-bagelling Karolina Pliskova in the final at Rome.
Badosa Overturns Early Deficit
It wasn’t as straightforward as Badosa would have liked as she came back from a set down to defeat Kristina Mladenovic in the first round.
The Spaniard won 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in a match that went on for two hours and 45 minutes and one that saw a total of 31 break-points. It was Badosa’s six breaks that trumped the two that Maldenovic got herself – both of which came in the first set.
Once Badosa had put the loss of the opening set behind her by breaking Mladenovic early in the second set, there was no looking back for her though.
She saved seven break-points in the set before serving it out and then blew her opponent off the court, bagelling her in double-quick time.
This win comes on the back of a 3-3 win-loss record Badosa had on hard court this season, one that saw her win her maiden WTA title – that came on clay.
Swiatek v Badosa Prediction and Tip
Swiatek takes on the mantle of a favourite here but we believe at 2/5 she is good value to win this. A straight-set win looks very likely too for the Pole.