Iga Swiatek vs. Anett Kontaveit
June 5, 2021 2:00 pm EDT
Iga Swiatek (8) meets Anett Kontaveit (30) in the third round of the 2021 French Open on Saturday, June 5th 2021.
Who will come out on top of this very interesting encounter? Will Anett continue to get wins over Iga as she has always done, or will Swiatek turn the tables here in Paris as she is now playing on her favourite surface here in Paris.
Anett Kontaveit was cruising through her second round match, beating the Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets 6-2/6-0. Kontaveit is a very solid player on her day, and she can come out ready to beat some big names if she is feeling confident in herself. However, on clay she has not really stood out much. She will be very happy with her dominating win in the second round and she will need to use all of the momentum gained if she is to cause the upset against the title favourite, Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek also cruised through her second round match, winning 6-1/6-1 against Rebecca Peterson. Iga just did not want to waste any precious energy on the court when she knows she can dominate all of her opponents in these early rounds. Iga Swiatek is the best player on clay in this draw and she will know that she now has the pressure to keep winning. However, for such a young player, Iga definitely has the necessary mindset to keep improving and rising up the ranks.
This is going to be the 3rd meeting between both players, and although Anett Kontaveit has won all of their prior encounters, they have never played on clay. Iga is just another player when she plays on clay, and she was not at her highest level when they previously met because she had not broken through to the level she is currently playing at. This will mean that Iga will come out here ready to dominate this match and get herself into the fourth round in Paris as she looks to continue dominating, sending a clear message to everyone in the field and keeping her title defence hopes alive.