World No. 1 and the top seed Ashleigh Barty will be up against World No. 17 Iga Swiatek who is seeded 14th in the tournament, in their 3rd round clash at the WTA Madrid Open 2021.
- Tournament: WTA Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Ashleigh Barty vs Iga Swiatek
- Round: Third-round
- Date: 3rd May, 2021
- Prize Money: €34,048
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Ashleigh Barty vs Iga Swiatek : Preview
Ashleigh Barty has made one of the best possible start to the 2021 season. She has won 3 out of the 6 tournaments she has featured in and reached quarter-finals in another two tournaments including the 2021 Australian Open. The Australian comes to the Spanish capital from the Stuggart Open in Germany where she was the runaway winner.
She comes into the tie from a straight-set victory in the first game (6-2 6-1) and a 3-setter in the second round winning (6-4 1-6 6-3).
Iga Swiatek has made a shaky start to 2021. With players featuring in lesser tournaments, the Madrid Open will be just her 6th appearance of the year and first on the Clay surface. Her best run came at the 2021 Adelaide International where she won the title without dropping a single set. Apart from that she has reached the R16 in 3 other tournaments.
She comes to Madrid from Miami Open where she lost in the R32. Unlike Barty, Swiatek has won both her games comfortably in straight sets and can give the champ run for her money.
Ashleigh Barty vs Iga Swiatek : Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting between the two players, the head-to-head stands currently at 0-0.
Ashleigh Barty vs Iga Swiatek : Prediction
While Barty is in sublime form, having 8-1 record on Clay this season, Swiatek has played some of her best tennis on the Clay. The Polish star will be the defending champion at the 2021 Rolland Garros having won the 2020 French Open and would certainly know how to challenge the World No. 1. Nevertheless, it will be a mouth-watering clash.
Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to win in 3-sets.