TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Ashleigh Barty (1) meets Bernarda Pera in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, June 1st 2021.
Will Bernarda Pera come out here and cause the upset right from the start by knocking out the defending champion at Roland Garros? Will Ashleigh Barty continue to dominate on clay as she has done for the majority of 2021 as she looks to win her 2nd Grand Slam title? This will be an important match for Ashleigh Barty to get grips of her game here at the 2021 French Open, and she needs to ensure she does not lose so early on.
Bernarda Pera is not really known on the WTA Tour. The American is ranked 70th in the world, and she has done 9-11 in her matches won and loss in 2021. With her experience of over 480 matches on the WTA Tour, you would expect for the American to have won a title before, but that is not the case. Bernarda Pera has been struggling with form and consistency over the last year and a half, and most recently she lost in the first round of the Parma Open against Sorribes Tormo in straight sets 4-6/2-6. Bernarda will have to ensure she is at her highest level, if not even higher, if she wants to get anything going here at Roland Garros 2021 against the 2019 champion Ashleigh Barty.
Ashleigh Barty has been in amazing form in 2021 even after not having played for over a year on the WTA Tour due to the pandemic. Ashleigh Barty has won 27 matches this year, and lost 5 matches, claiming 3 titles along the way. Ashleigh Barty has been superb on clay, and she will be very happy to be back here at the 2021 French Open as this is the tournament where she won her only Grand Slam title in 2019. Ashleigh will know that she cannot take anything for granted, and she needs to ensure she’s ready to fight right from the start even against someone like Bernarda Pera, but I am sure she will be just fine.
Ashleigh Barty and Bernarda Pera have never met before, with this being their first encounter. Unfortunately for the American, meeting Ashleigh Barty in the Round of 128 at Roland Garros is not going to go the way you want. Ashleigh is the 2019 champion and she knows its vital to not waste any time on court when she can win the match in straight sets. I expect for Ashleigh to come out here, show us why she is the World No.1 and get her 2021 French Open title campaign off to a strong start.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Ashleigh Barty in 2 Sets.