Top seed Serena Williams will face doubles specialist Katerina Siniakova in the Round of 16 of the Emilia-Romagna Open. Williams is ranked 8th in the world while Siniakova is the World No.68.
|Tournament||Emilia-Romagna Open 2021|
|Match||Serena Williams vs Katerina Siniakova|
|Date||18th May, 2021|
|Prize Money||€ 2,963|
Serena Williams vs Katerina Siniakova: Preview
23-time grand slam Champion is off to an amazing start at the WTA 250 event in Parma. Williams, who comes into the tournament after accepting a wild card, defeated her 17 year old opponent in straight sets 6-3,6-2.
The match against the young Italian was just Williams’ second match on Clay this season. The sole reason for her to play this tournament is to gain some match practice ahead of the French Open. She will be gunning for a record 24th slam in the red dirt of Paris this year.
Her opponent, Katerina Siniakova is a doubles specialist and is improving in the singles with time. In the first round in Parma, she defeated 18 year old Clara Tauson in straight sets 6-1,6-3 to enter the Round of 16.
Serena Williams vs Katerina Siniakova: Head-to-Head
The two players haven’t yet met on tour. This will be their first meeting and hence their H2H stands deadlock at 0-0.
Serena Williams vs Katerina Siniakova: Prediction
Serena Williams will go into the match as an overwhelming favorite. She was hitting the ball well in the first round and has adapted to the surface quickly. Her footwork, which was restrictive last week in Rome also seems to getting better and better.
Siniakova would be brimming with confidence after her doubles title win in Madrid a week back. She is making her volleys stick the net and is moving well. She lacks a bit of baseline movement and Williams would definitely exploit that. Expect a good match with Williams moving into the Last 8.
Prediction: Williams to win in straight sets.