Swiatek vs Badosa: Paula to put up a fight
On July 26, Iga Swiatek will play against Paula Badosa in the second round of Olympic tournament in Tokyo. We offer a prediction for this match from our expert.
Iga Swiatek secured her position in the Top-10 and she is currently on the eighth place of WTA rankings. Polish player won two titles, on hard surface at Adelaide and on clay at Rome.
At the Olympics in Tokyo Iga started with an unsurprising win over Mona Barthel (6:2, 6:2). Swiatek needed just one hour for a victory. We should mention that Polish player gave away two out of four games on her serve, which is a bad sign.
It is the best season in Paula Badosa's career and she has reached the Top-30 of WTA rankings. Spanish player won a title at clay tournament in Belgrade. Overall, since the start of the year she won 27 matches and had 10 defeats.
In the first match at Tokyo Paula had an experienced opponent - Kristina Mladenovic. Spaniard needed some time to adapt to the local court, but after a defeat in the first set she mounted a comeback and beat the Frenchwoman (6:7, 6:3, 6:0). In the whole match Badosa lost only two games on her serve.
In four out of last five Swiatek's matches no more than nine games were played in the second set
In two most recent Badosa's matches tiebreaks were played
Both players are having a great season and are starting the Olympic tournament in an excellent form. Paula Badosa still lacks consistency on the court, but even in bad matches she puts up a fight against her opponents. For the most recent time Spaniard lost the match by more than five games in April. In our prediction we are expecting that Spaniard will be able to hold on to a plus handicap.
Our prediction - Badosa to win with a handicap of (+5) games
Prediction: Handicap (+5) for Badosa
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Choosing a bet on the total we should look at the history of Badosa's recent matches. Spanish player is prone to long matches. Seven out of her nine most recent matches ended in three sets.
Our second bet is on total over 20 games