Vera Zvonareva, formerly ranked number two in the WTA rankings will face Amandine Hesse in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Open 2021. Zvonareva is ranked 164 in the world, whereas Hesse is ranked 289th. A good run in the opening tournament of 2021 will give them a good boost in their rankings, ahead of the Australian Open 2021.
- Date: 7th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Vera Zvonareva vs Amandine Hesse
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Round of 64 (First round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $565,530
Vera Zvonareva vs Amandine Hesse: Match Preview
Vera Zvonareva last played at the WTA Linz Open, where she lost in the second round to Belgian, Elise Mertens. The Russian who turned pro in 2000 has been struggling to find wins on tour. She could not qualify for the main draw of the French Open 2020, and lost in the first round of the US Open. Her best performance came at the Cincinnati Open where she reached the third round, losing to Johanna Konta. In doubles, the Russian won the US Open Women’s doubles title alongside Laura Siegemund.
Amandine Hesse qualified for the main draw of the Abu Dhabi Open after two qualifying round victories. She defeated Irene Burillo Escorihuela in the first qualifying round, and followed that up by defeating J.Burrage in the second round. Hesse, ranked outside the top 200 for the most part of 2020 was involved in playing the ITF tournaments and does not have much experience playing the WTA level tournaments.
Vera Zvonareva vs Amandine Hesse: Head-to-Head
The duo have never faced against each other before and the first round clash at the Abu Dhabi Open will be their first ever encounter.
Vera Zvonareva vs Amandine Hesse: Match Prediction
Vera Zvonareva starts as the favorite to win the first round encounter, given she has vast amount of experience on her compared to Amandine Hesse. Hesse has not been exposed to playing WTA level events, which would give the Russian the edge in this encounter. However, the French player is coming into the match after two successive qualifying round wins, which will give her a major boost ahead of the first round clash.
Match Prediction: Vera Zvonareva to defeat Amandine Hesse in three sets.