French Open 2021: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Christina McHale Preview, Head to Head and Prediction for Roland Garros

Thirty first seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will face unseeded Christina McHale in the first round of the French Open 2021.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Christina McHale
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Christina McHale

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on Christina McHale in the First-round of the French Open 2021. Pavlyuchenkova is currently the World No.32 on the WTA rankings and McHale is the World No.95.

Match Details:

TournamentFrench Open 2021
MatchAnastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Christina McHale
RoundFirst Round
Date30th May, 2021
Prize Money$72,630 (INR 52,75,625 approx.)
VenueParis, France
SurfaceClay Court

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Christina McHale: Preview

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Pavlyuchenkova was a child tennis prodigy who was expected to conquer the World, but it didn’t quite pan out that way. The twenty-nine year old Russian has ten WTA titles so far, the last of which she won in 2018. On clay Pavlyuchenkova has played only two tournaments this year.

The first in Istanbul where she lost her very first match and In Madrid after that. In Madrid the veteran put on a great show and made it to the Semi-finals of the event. En route she beat players like Karolina Pliskova, Jennifer Brady, and Karolína Muchová. In the Semis she lost to Aryna Sabalenka. Her first round opponent here is twenty nine year old Christina McHale.

The American has one title on tour so far and recently has been going through a slump in form. She has barely made it past the first or second of tournaments this year. On clay she has been average. Her last tournament was the Strasbourg Open where she lost to fellow American Shelby Rogers

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Christina McHale: Head to Head

Christina McHale
Christina McHale

The two players have met each other eight times on the tour before and  Pavlyuchenkova leads the head to head 5-3. Interestingly, this will be their first encounter on clay. 

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Christina McHale: Prediction

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Pavlyuchenkova plays her best tennis on clay. She is a baseliner who uses her forehand exceptionally well. Her opponent McHale’s best asset is her movement but she is not in any kind of form right now. The Russian should take this home. 

Prediction:  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will beat Christina McHale in straight sets. 

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