Tennis at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Iga Swiatek vs Mona Barthel Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

World number 8, Iga Swiatek will be up against World number 172, Mona Barthel in the first round of the women's singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Iga Swiatek and Mona Barthel
Iga Swiatek and Mona Barthel

In the first round of the Women’s singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, world number 8, Iga Swiatek will be up against world number 172, Mona Barthel.

Iga Swiatek vs Mona Barthel: Match Details

Tournament2020 Tokyo Olympics
MatchIga Swiatek vs Mona Barthel
RoundFirst round
DateJuly 24, 2021
VenueTokyo, Japan
SurfaceHard Court

Iga Swiatek vs Mona Barthel: Preview

Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel

World number 8, Iga Swiatek will be making her Olympic debut this week in Tokyo. She is the youngest player in the top ten of the Women’s Tennis Association rankings. She won her first and maiden grand slam title at the 2020 French Open and is the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title in history.

Swiatek was last seen playing at the Wimbledon Championships where she lost in the round of 16 against Ons Jabeur in 3 sets. Her last match on hard court surface was in March at the Miami Open where she lost in the round of 32. She has a win loss record of 137-39 throughout her entire career on the WTA tour and a 27-8 record this year to date.

World number 172, Mona Barthel will represent Germany in the upcoming Olympic games. She has a lot of experience on court as she turned pro in 2008 and has won four singles and three doubles titles while on the WTA tour. She reached her best singles ranking of world number 23 in 2013.

Barthel represented her country at the 2012 London Olympics as well where she lost in the first round against Urszula Radwanska. Barthel last played on hard court at the Prague Open last week where she lost in the Round of 32 against Viktoria Kuzmova. The German has a win loss record of 378-289 throughout her entire career on the WTA tour and a 8-14 record this year to date.

Iga Swiatek vs Mona Barthel: Head to Head

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

This will be the 2nd meeting between the duo who last met in the quarter final of the 2018 Prague Open where Swiatek won in straight sets. Swiatek currently leads their head-to-head tie 1-0.

Iga Swiatek vs Mona Barthel: Prediction

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Mona Barthel has a lot more experience on the court compared to Swiatek, having turned pro 10 years before the Polish player and has experience of playing at the Olympics in 2012 in London. However, she is not in as good form when compared to Swiatek.

Swiatek won a doubles gold medal for Poland at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. She is seeded number 6 at the Olympics and has a win-loss record on hard court of 25-15 in her entire career and 11-4 this year to date.

Prediction: Swiatek to win in straight sets.

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