TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Iga Swiatek takes on Paula Badosa in the Round of 32 on Monday, July 26th, 2021.
Will Paula Badosa get one of her biggest career wins so far as she aims to continue her amazing 2021 season? Will Iga Swiatek show us why she is so tough to beat on all surfaces with her power hitting and long rally game? Both players can win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Who will it be?
Paula Badosa came through a very entertaining 3-set comeback win against Kristina Mladenovic, beating the Frenchwoman 6-7/6-3/6-0. Paula came out a bit rusty in the first set and she had to find her range after not having played on hard for a few months. However, once she got her rhythm going, she was absolutely incredible against Mladenovic and she dominated the second and third set. Paula has been playing a very high level this year on the WTA Tour and she will want to keep that going in this second half of the season as she aims to make a bigger name for herself as a baseline rallier who will play extremely long matches. However, she meets someone who can handle that easily in Iga Swiatek now.
Iga Swiatek cruised through her first round match against Mona Barthel, beating the Gerrman in straight sets 6-2/6-2. Iga Swiatek will want to show everyone over that she can compete for any title on any surface even though clay is her best. Iga is so powerful from the baseline and she is able to keep opponents moving consistently. Not many have found out how to beat her yet so she will want to keep that list short as she aims to continue building her trophy cabinet and rising up the rankings on the WTA Tour. Can Iga keep this momentum going as she meets a very tough Paula Badosa?
Iga Swiatek and Paula Badosa have never met before, with this being their first ever career meeting. Both players are in form and they can put on amazing performances from the baseline. I expect a tight match here as they will both be willing to give it their all, but I think the extra experience and success that Iga Swiatek has had over the last year will give her the edge in this match. I see this being a 3 setter with Iga making her way to the Round of 16 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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