Vera Zvonareva vs. Shuai Zhang - 2021 WTA Yarra Valley Classic Second Round
Tuesday, February 2 2021
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Zhang looks to impress yet again in 2021 as she meets Vera Zvonareva in the second round of the 2021 WTA Yarra Valley Classic. Will Zhang reach the levels which saw her to push the likes of Serena Williams to the limit in 2020, or will we see Zvonareva causing the upset here in the second round?
Shuai Zhang is a very promising talent in the WTA Tour, and she has already beaten the likes of Serena Williams in her young career. Zhang is a very fast mover around the court and she will know that she can compete with the best in the world as she has done in the past. Zhang will want to establish herself as a mainstay on the WTA Tour, who consistently competed for 250 or 500 tournaments, but this will take hard work and determination, as the Women’s field is continuously getting more and more competitive. Will Zhang be able to perform as well as she did in 2020 and years prior against big players, or will the competition get to fierce for her this year?
Vera Zvonareva is more of a doubles player, however, she put on a solid performance in her Single’s match against Krystina Pliskova, beating the Czech in 3 sets 6-4/6-7/6-3. Zvonareva was the underdog going into this match and she proved everyone wrong. Now she meets another player who is better than her in Single’s in Shuai Zhang, but will Zvonareva be able to cause another upset here?
This is going to be the first meeting between both players. It is going to be a tight encounter, and one which both players can win, but if I have to go with who performs better on these sorts of courts/conditions, I will have to go with Zhang. Zvonareva is more of a doubles player who had some success in her first round match against a rusty Krystina Pliskova. I don’t believe this will be the case again. Zhang has done incredible things against some of the best players in the world, and I’d imagine she wants to get some momentum behind her before the start of the Australian Open.