In the opening round clash at the French Open 2021, World No. 22 and the 21st seed Elena Rybakina will be up against World No. 82 Nao Hibino.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Elena Rybakina vs Nao Hibino|
|Date||2nd June, 2021|
|Prize Money||$101,683 (INR 7,97,75,620 approx.)|
Elena Rybakina vs Nao Hibino : Preview
Elena Rybakina reaches the 2nd round at the Grand Slam for the 2nd time in her 3rd appearance after her first round win in the French Open 2021. The 21st seed from Kazakhstan won her 1st round match in straight-sets against French national Elsa Jacquemot with a score card reading 6-4, 6-1.
Playing just her 4th tournament on Clay for the season, Elena reaches the 2nd round for the 3rd time and will be looking to get a win and make it her best result so far on the surface as she is yet to cross the hurdle of the 2nd round.
Nao Hibino, similar to Elena reaches the 2nd round for the 2nd time in successive years after both of them were knocked out in the 2nd round at the 2020 French Open. Hibino emerged victorious against Serbian player Nina Stojanovic in straight-sets winning the match 7-6(4), 6-2.
This is the 8th Clay tournament for the Japanese national and will be looking to extend her stay in Paris after having had some early exits in the previous tournaments.
Elena Rybakina vs Nao Hibino : Head to Head
This will be the 3rd meeting between the duo and 2nd meeting at the Roland Garros. They first met at the 2019 French Open followed by a meeting in the WTA Strasbourg Open 2020, with Rybakina winning the matches in straight-sets on both the occasions. Elena Rybakina leads the head-to-head tie 2-0.
Elena Rybakina vs Nao Hibino : Prediction
Elena Rybakina comes into the tie with 3-3 record on Clay for the season whereas Hibino will come in with 5-7 on the surface this season. Hibino has not enjoyed much success on soil while Elena has a better record across their careers as well. Both of them will be looking for the win as it would give them their best run at the tournament having failed to reach the 3rd round so far.
However, given current form and record on the surface, Rybakina seems to be the favourite here.
Prediction: Elena Rybakina to win in straight-sets in the second round of the French Open 2021.