WTA Italian Open 2021: Iga Swiatek vs Madison Keys–Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Fifteenth seed Iga Swiatek will take on unseeded Madison Keys in the second round of the WTA Italian Open 2021.

Iga Swiatek and Madison Keys
Iga Swiatek and Madison Keys

Iga Swiatek will take on Madison Keys in the Second round of the Italian Open 2021. Swiatek is currently the World No.15 on the WTA rankings and Keys is the World No23.  

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Italian Open
  • Match:  Iga Swiatek vs Madison Keys
  • Round: Second Round
  • Date: 12th May, 2021
  • Prize Money: €10,726
  • Venue: Rome, Italy
  • Surface: Clay Court

Iga Swiatek vs Madison Keys: Match Preview

 Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek has a lot at stake in the next few weeks. Her French Open title defense is coming up in less than a month now and she will look to go far into the Italian Open which will give her enough match practice and after that enough time to recover to be ready and in optimum shape for the Title defense at Roland Garros.

Her start to the clay court swing this year has been average. She has played only the Madrid Open so far, and in that tournament she was ousted in the round of sixteen by Ash Barty. In Rome, she overcame Alison Riske. Riske gave a walkover when 4-5 down in the first set.

Her second round opponent is Madison Keys. Keys has not had a great start on clay and was ousted in the first round at both the Charleston Open and the Madrid Open. At Rome, she overcame Sloane Stephens in the first round, in three sets, 4-6 6-2 7-5. 

Iga Swiatek vs Madison Keys: Head-to-Head

Madison Keys
Madison Keys

These two players have not yet met on the tour, so the head to head right now is 0-0. 

Iga Swiatek vs Madison Keys: Prediction

 Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Swiatek had lost in the first round of this tournament last year, but since then she has won nine of her ten matches on clay, which of course includes her fairytale run at the French Open.

Keys is a finalist at this event from 2016. Swiatek will look to play in her trademark aggressive style, attacking the net whenever she can. Keys will look to control the rallies from the back. Swiatek should win this without much hassle. 

Match Prediction: Iga Swiatek will beat Madison Keys in straight sets. 

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