World No. 12 Belinda Bencic will take on World No. 18 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics on July 28, 2021.
Belinda Bencic vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova : Match Details
|Tournament||2020 Tokyo Olympic|
|Match||Belinda Bencic vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova|
|Date||28 July 2021|
Belinda Bencic vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Preview
The Swiss girl comes into this match after outlasting the 2021 French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova in three sets in the third round. She has also beaten Jessica Peguila and Misaki Doi this week in Tokyo. Bencic has been experiencing a mix bag of results up until now. After making the finals of Adelaide earlier in the year, the 24-year-old only made her next WTA final at Berlin on the grass. Bencic loves playing on the hard courts, owing to which she has a 10/6 win/loss record on the surface. That said, he is yet to beat a top-10 player for the year. After her stunning win over Krejcikova, it will be interesting to see if the Swiss can get a shot at a medal going ahead.
On the other hand, the Russian comes into this clash after beating Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round. Pavlyuchenkova has been dominant in Tokyo until now and is yet to drop a set. After a struggle in the hard courts, early in the season, she managed to pile on decent results on the European clay by reaching the semis of Madrid and finals of Roland Garros. While the 30-year-old has momentum on her side, her 7-6 win/loss record on the hard courts is far from encouraging.
Belinda Bencic vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Head to Head
These two players have met seven times on the tour before. It’s the Swiss girl who leads the tally comfortably by 5-2. However, in their last meeting on the hard court in 2020, the Russian prevailed in three sets.
Belinda Bencic vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Prediction
Both players will come into this contest, knowing exactly what to expect. Having played against each other on multiple occasions, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both attacking each other’s weakness. That said, both players also love playing on the hard court, and that could make for an interesting viewing. The match will come down to who serves better and wins points consistently from the back court. At the moment, Bencic looks more likely to march ahead given her recent record of the Russian.
Match Prediction: Belinda Bencic should win in three sets.