Su-Wei Hsieh vs. Barbora Strycova
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
Edgbaston Priory Club
Birmingham, United Kingdom
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Su-Wei Hsieh and Barbora Strycova meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Birmingham Classic.
Su-Wei Hsieh is coming off a three sets win over Aryna Sabalenka that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Hsieh won 71 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Hsieh won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her six break points. Hsieh got 69 percent of her first serves in play and saved one of her four break points. Hsieh entered this tournament in a bit of a funk and she’ll have to be better with her second serve while cleaning up the double faults if she hopes to make this tournament any more successful. Hsieh hopes to win back-to-back matches for the second time in her last six tournaments. Hsieh has won six of her last eight matches on grass court.
Barbora Strycova is coming off a three sets win over Heather Watson that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Strycova won 71 percent of her first serve points and 51 percent of her second serve points. Strycova won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her 13 break points. Strycova got 62 percent of her first serves in play and saved six of her eight break points. Strycova entered this tournament on a four-match losing streak and dropped the first set of her opening match, so it’s also been a struggle for the 33-year-old from the Czech Republic. Strycova hopes to win back-to-back matches for the third time in her last nine tournaments. Strycova has won four of his last six matches on grass court.
These two have played four times and Strycova has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was 2018 Auckland, a match Hsieh won in three sets. The last two meetings went the distance and this will be the first meeting on grass.
Good luck picking this match between two respectable players who can’t string wins together as of late. Strycova has had the h2h advantage, but she had a forgettable clay season and has really had issues with her serve. Hsieh is fine as long as she gets her first serve in play and she’s one of those players who can put together a run out of nowhere once she flips the switch. I’m not thrilled about this match not being able to get a pulse on either player, but I have more confidence in Hsieh, especially on this surface with able to use the full court.
I give the slight edge to Hsieh.