World No. 1 Ash Barty will take on World No. 89 Anna Blinkova in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon on July 1.
Ash Barty vs Anna Blinkova : Match Details
|Match||Ash Barty vs Anna Blinkova|
|Date||1st July, 2021|
|Venue||Wimbledon, Great Britain|
Ash Barty vs Anna Blinkova: Preview
The Australian comes into this match after beating Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets. Interestingly, after a successful time on the clay, the top-ranked player decided to not play any warm up event on grass in the lead up to Wimbledon. Her rustiness was visible against a dogged Spaniard in the opening round. That said, Barty is known to peak as she gets a few matches under her belt. She has also never been past the fourth round at the All England Club in her career- a fact she will be keen to better as she takes court for her second round against Blinkova.
On the other hand, Blinkova comes into this match after having beaten Timea Babos in two sets in the opening round. She came into Wimbledon after having played three matches on the grass in Berlin and Hamburg. The Russian has played most tournaments as a qualifier, owing to which she is likely to feel the pressure when he takes court against the World No.1 on Thursday. Moreover, she has not beaten a single top player in the women’s draw for 2021. Therefore, it is tough to see Blinkova do any damage going ahead.
Ash Barty vs Anna Blinkova: Head to Head
These two have never met on the WTA tour before.
Ash Barty vs Anna Blinkova: Prediction
Blinkova’s serve in the first round was awful. She even served a bunch of double faults. If she doesn’t do better in that area, competing against a crafty Barty will become a daunting task. On the other hand, the Aussie will test her opponent with her slice and tricky shots. Expect a short time on the court for the former French Open winner.
Match Prediction: Ash Barty should win in two sets.