Danka Kovinic of Montenegro will take on Mayar Sherif of Egypt in the first round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Wednesday, October 5. Get the live streaming options of this Danka Kovinic v Mayar Sherif match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Danka Kovinic v Mayar Sherif Head to Head
Kovinic and Sherif have never played each other before. However, that, one suspects, would take nothing away from the thrill and excitement of their maiden head-to-head clash on Wednesday.
Kovinic Struggling for Form
After suffering three opening-round exits back-t0-back at the Chicago Women’s Open, US Open and the Slovenian Open, Kovinic fared slightly better in her next event, the ITF France 19A where she finished in the last-16.
However, despite a decent run in her last tournament, the Montenegrin player would regret not having a better run of results going into her Indian Wells opener against Mayar Sherif of Egypt.
They say win breeds confidence and Kovinic, with a string of defeats across events in the recent weeks, would be searching for self-belief going into her tournament opener against the Egyptian.
And, that is far from an ideal frame of mind to be in, especially so when a player is seeking desperately to snap out of a run of losses and return to winning ways.
And it would take nothing short of a Herculean effort from Kovinic to get past an opponent, who lifted the title in her last event.
Sherif Hoping to Repeat US Open Qualifying Showing
Taking the confidence from a successful qualifying campaign at the US Open, despite losing her third to young Englishwoman and eventual champion Emma Raducanu, Sherif went on to lift the title at her next tournament, the WTA 125K Karlsruhe in Germany.
Though her US Open campaign ended in the first round itself, the self-belief that she garnered from her wins in the qualifiers helped her string in a sequence of wins to come within a match of holding aloft the championship title.
Setting up a championship showdown with Martina Trevisan of Italy, the 72nd-ranked Egyptian coasted as she would on the Red Sea to a straight-set win to lift the title.
With a trophy already under her belt, she would have her sights on another as she opens her Indian Wells campaign against little-known Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.
Kovinic v Sherif Prediction and Tip
Ranked slightly higher in singles currently, Sherif, on current form, will be the favorite going into this opening-round clash against Kovinic. However, Montenegrin would be itching to put all doubts around her form at rest after a string of poor results.