TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Karolina Pliskova (9) meets Donna Vekic in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, June 1st 2021.
Will Donna Vekic be able to improve her season by causing a big upset and getting some positive results under her belt after struggling with form for the last 3 years? Will Karolina Pliskova be able to get a strong opening match under her belt in her quest to return to the top of the women’s game with all of her experience? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Round of 64 of Roland Garros 2021.
Donna Vekic has struggled a lot in 2021, going 3-3 in all of her matches this year. Donna Vekic was praised to be the next big thing in the WTA Tour 3-4 years ago. However, injuries hurt her success on the WTA Tour, and she is now no longer ranked inside of the Top 20 in the world. Donna Vekic, on her day, is so hard to beat as she is one of the best movers on the court, and she is quite tall compared to many other opponents. Donna Vekic will know that if she gets some good wins under her belt here at the 2021 French Open, it can help get gain some confidence to potentially turn her career around. However, she unfortunately meets Karolina Pliskova in the first round and she will have to cause a big upset.
Karolina Pliskova made history a couple weeks ago. Not positive history for herself, as she lost in a Final of a Masters tournament in Rome in straight sets 0-6/0-6. The match was over in about 45 minutes, with Iga Swiatek, coming out on top. Karolina Pliskova has seemingly played some great tennis over the last few years, but she always seems to fall short when the pressure is on. Karolina Pliskova has 16 career titles and she needs to continue getting some more titles under her belt if she wants to stay in the Top 10 as the competition in the WTA Tour is becoming stronger. Can Karolina Pliskova bounce back from that embarrassing loss and beat Donna Vekic to make the Round of 64 of Roland Garros 2021.
Karolina Pliskova and Donna Vekic have met 4 times before, with Karolina Pliskova leading the head to head 3-1. They last met at the 2019 Brisbane open where Pliskova won in straight sets 6-3/6-4. If this was Donna Vekic at her best on a clay court, I would definitely think this match would much tighter in the Round of 128 of the 2021 French Open. However, Pliskova will be determined to bounce back in a strong way from that embarrassing loss, and I think that a straight sets win if what she needs to get some confidence back in her game.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Karolina Pliskova in 2 Sets.