In the second round of the WTA Italian Open 2021, World No. 1 and the top-seeded Ashleigh Barty will be up against World No. 665 Yaroslava Shvedova.
- Tournament: WTA Italian Open
- Match: Ashleigh Barty vs Yaroslava Shvedova
- Round: Second Round
- Date: 12th May, 2021
- Prize Money: €10,726
- Venue: Rome, Italy
- Surface: Clay Court
Ashleigh Barty vs Yaroslava Shvedova : Preview
Ash Barty has been amazing this year and has proved why is the top seed and World No. 1 this season. The Australian has won 3 titles in 7 tournament appearances this season, while also reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2021.
She comes to Rome from the Madrid Open 2021 where she finished as the runner-up. She had her first match bye at the Italian Open and plays her first match tomorrow.
Yaroslava Shvedova has been struggling throughout this season and has registered just 2 wins in 10 matches in 2021. The two-time Doubles Grand Slam winner, Shvedova won the Wimbledon 2010 and US Open 2010, but has been having a tough time post her ankle surgery and maternity break which resulted in the Kazakhstan player being out of the tour for nearly 3 years.
She comes to Rome from a first round defeat in the Madrid Open 2021, won her first match at Rome in a thrilling 3-setter.
Ashleigh Barty vs Yaroslava Shvedova : Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the duo on the tour, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Ashleigh Barty vs Yaroslava Shvedova : Prediction
Considering the current form, Barty looks the absolute favourite coming into the tie. The Australian is 11-2 on Clay this season whereas Yaroslava is 1-2 with the victory coming in the first round at the Italian Open.
Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to win in straight sets.