TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Ashleigh Barty (1) meets Magda Linette in the Round of 64 on Thursday, June 3rd 2021.
Will Magda Linette come out as strong as she did in her opening round match here at Roland Garros 2021 to cause the biggest upset of the tournament so far? Will Ashleigh Barty be able to improve on her game after having to battle through a tight match? This is going to be an important match for Ashleigh Barty to get under her belt easily, but against Magda Linette it is not always easy. Can Barty dominate here?
Magda Linette put on a solid performance in the Round of 128 against Chloe Paquet, beating the local wildcard in straight sets sets 6-3/6-3. Magda Linette is a very experienced player on the WTA Tour and she is still ranked within the Top 50 in the world, meaning she is very competitive in smaller tournaments. Magda Linette will be very confident following her dominant victory where her serve was consistent, and her forehand was firing. Now, she will want to use this confidence and momentum gained from the win to give herself a chance against the World No.1 and 2019 Roland Garros champion, Ashleigh Barty. Can she do it?
Ashleigh Barty had to fight for her spot in the Round of 64 here at the 2021 French Open by coming through Bernarda Pera in 3 sets. Ashleigh Barty won that match 6-4/3-6/6-2, but it showed some rust in her game from the last couple of weeks. Ashleigh was leading the match with the first set and up a break in the second, but after that she lost 6 of the next 7 games. Ashleigh Barty was eventually able to find her game and composure again in the third and final set to get the win, but she cannot afford to let her guard down like this again here at Roland Garros if she is to make her way through the field. Can she prevent the likes of Magda Linette from causing an upset?
Ashleigh Barty and Magda Linette have never met before, with this being their first encounter. I think that Ashleigh Barty will win this match as she is still the much better player, the 2019 Roland Garros Champion, and the World No.1. However, I can see this match being tight from start to finish. Magda Linette is a fighter, and she will not let anything go easily no matter the opponent. Ashleigh showed some weaknesses in her game on Tuesday, and I see her losing 1 set due to this. Barty will have to fight hard to make her way to the Round of 32 here at the 2021 French Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Ashleigh Barty in 3 Sets.