TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Iga Swiatek (8) meets Marta Kostyuk in the Round of 16 on Monday, June 7th 2021.
Will Marta Kostyuk cause another big upset this week at Roland Garros by knocking out the defending champion? Will Iga Swiatek continue to dominate her matches as she looks to keep building on her momentum and form to defend her title here in Paris? This will be a very interesting encounter between two young players, one very successful already, and one trying to make a name for herself. Who will make their way to the Quarter-finals of the 2021 French Open?
Marta Kostyuk absolutely destroyed Vera Gracheva in the Round of 32, beating the Russian in straight sets 6-1/6-2. Marta Kostyuk has been in great form all week, beating the likes of Garbine Muguruza and getting herself much further than anyone expected. Marta is now a very well known player, mainly focusing on smaller WTA Tour tournaments to get the majority of her wins under her belt. However, she will be happy with her performances here at the 2021 French Open and she will know that if she is able to beat Iga Swiatek, she will have a good chance to make the Semis or even the Final. Can she cause the huge upset?
Iga Swiatek also dominated in her Round of 32 match here at Roland Garros, beating Anett Kontaveit in straight sets 7-6/6-0. Iga Swiatek is just on another level to anyone here in Paris, and she will not want to let go of this stronghold that she has. Iga Swiatek is the defending champion, and she seems like she is going to be able to defend her title for now as the only real contender for her left in the draw is Serena Williams. Iga, however, will not want to take her opponents too lightly here, especially the likes of Marta Kostyuk, who have performed very well here at the 2021 French Open and will all be giving it their all to make a name for themselves.
Iga Swiatek and Marta Kostyuk have never met before, with this being their first meeting. Although Marta Kostyuk has been playing very well at Roland Garros, beating some big names, she is still nowhere near the level required to beat the likes of Iga Swiatek. Iga Swiatek is such a tough player to beat on clay, and plays like the female version of Rafael Nadal, relentless and ruthless tennis. This makes her stand out, especially in terms of mentality. Marta Kostyuk is inexperienced compared to Swiatek, and she will be taught a tough lesson here as Swiatek will dominate this encounter too.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Iga Swiatek in 2 Sets.