Ekaterina Alexandrova will take on Clara Burel in the second round of the Strasbourg Open 2021. Alexandrova is currently the World No.33 on the WTA rankings and Burel is the World No.767.
|Tournament||Strasbourg Open 2021|
|Match||Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Clara Burel|
|Date||26th May, 2021|
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Clara Burel: Match Preview
Alexandrova is twenty-six year old and seeded third in this tournament. She started her clay court season with a Quarter-final appearance at the Stuttgart Open. After a setback in Madrid, she reached the round of sixteen at the Italian Open. In this tournament, she got the better of Lauren Davis in the first round. She won in straight sets, 6-1 7-5.
The Russian has a solid 12-10 win-loss record heading into the second round tie against Clara Burel. Burel the twenty year old Frenchwoman mostly plays the ITF’s and her participation on the ladies tour has been mostly restricted to the qualifiers thus far.
One exception to that was the Lyon Open in March this year. Burel beat players like Alizé Cornet and Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Eventually beaten by Fiona Ferro. Burel lost 6-2 1-6 3-6. Coming into this tournament, Burel won the ITF France 11A. In the first round here, she beat Varvara Grachevain two sets 6-1 7-5.
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Clara Burel: Head-to-head
The two players have not met on the tour before, so their head-to-head is at 0-0.
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Clara Burel: Prediction
Alexandrova has a decent game on clay and would like to put in a similar performance as in the first round. In the first round against the American Davis, she converted four of her five breakpoints and converted 84% of her second serves.
Burel is a much lower ranked opponent. But as she showed in Lyon, on her day she can beat better ranked players as well. But, Alexandrova should win this without much resistance.
Match Prediction: Ekaterina Alexandrova will beat Clara Burel in straight sets.