TennisSection previews the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as Elise Mertens (13) meets Harriet Dart in the Round of 128 on Monday, June 28th 2021.
Will the crowd favorite and British qualifier Harriet Dart pull off the biggest win of her career? Or will Elise Mertens, the 16th ranked player in the world kick off her campaign at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships this year with a straightforward win? Only one will move on to the Round of 64, let’s see who.
Harriet Dart is a relatively unknown player, and to think that she could pull off the upset here would be very brave. Being the 121st ranked player in the world and making her grand slam main draw debut, she will undoubtedly have to play better than the best tennis of her career to be able to move on to her first ever grand slam second round. It would undoubtedly be one of the biggest possible upsets of the Championships this year, and it seems this one in particular is rather unlikely against someone like Elise Mertens.
Elise Mertens comes into the 2021 Wimbledon Championships with less than favorable results on the grass prior to Wimbledon, with a first round exit in the Birmingham and Eastbourne Open. However, looking between the lines, she still looked to be in solid form and lost two vey tight matches to inspired opponents. Elise Mertens has some experience at the Lawn England Club under her belt, getting a career best performance at Wimbledon in its latest edition in 2019 with a fourth round exit. I expect her to get through this match with relative ease and move onto the next round with some confidence.
Elise Mertens and Harriet Dart have met 1 time before, with Elise Mertens leading the head to head 1-0. They met on a hard court 7 years ago, with Elise Mertens taking the match 6-2 6-1 in a very straightforward win. While the head to head does not necessarily give any strong implications to decide who would win as it was so long ago, it does not seem to matter as every other factor also leans toward Elise Mertens, making her the favorite to cruise though this first round match and get her campaign off to a good start at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
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