TennisSection previews the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as Elena Rybakina (18) meets Claire Liu in the Second Round on Wednesday June 30th, 2021.
Eighteenth seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan will face unseeded American Claire Liu in the Second Round here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. The American Qualifier is ranked 100 spots below her opponent so this would be a massive upset if she were to win here. Can she do the impossible and advance to the Third Round here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships?
Elena Rybakina is ranked #20 on the WTA Tour and is the eighteenth seed here at Wimbledon. The Kazakh has been in impressive form over the past few seasons and will be hoping for a deep run here. She will have taken a lot of confidence by her Semi-Final run at Eastbourne and was in dominant form to start The Championships, crushing the dangerous Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-0 in less than an hour. Given her superior ranking and better form, she is the heavy favorite here against the young American Claire Liu and will be expected to advance here.
Claire Liu is a Qualifier here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, and is ranked #120 in the WTA world rankings. At only 21 years of age, she does not have much experience at this level but held her nerves well to win her opening match. Down a set to the experienced Misaki Doi, she showed remarkable composure to fight back, winning 9-7 in the third set. Mainly known as a clay court specialist on the ITF Tour, she showed that she is capable on the quicker surfaces also but will be the huge underdog against the top 20 player Elena Rybakina.
This will be the first meeting between the two players, and it is expected to be a short one. Claire Liu is a promising young player that has done well so far to reach this stage after qualifying, but her run is about to end. Elena Rybakina can be inconsistent at times, but she has proven that she is an elite player on the WTA Tour and it is very unlikely that she will lose to a qualifier 100 spots behind her in the rankings. Liu is a fighter and won’t go down easily, but I expect the Kazakh to win comfortably here, advancing to the Third Round here at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
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