Swiatek vs Barthel: no problems for the favourite?
Iga Swiatek is approaching her first Summer Olympics as the eight WTA player. In 2021 Polish player won two titles, at Adelaide and at Rome. Though, Iga was not so successful on the Major tournaments as experts and her fans expected. At Australian Open and Wimbledon Iga was beaten in the round of 16, but she managed to reach the quarter-final on Roland Garros.
After a defeat in the round of 16 match at Wimbledon against Ons Jabeur (7:5, 1:6, 1:6) Polish player didn't play a single official match.
The best times of Mona Barthel's career, who once was in the Top-30 of WTA rankings, are far behind her now. German player is currently only at 210th position in the world rankings and there is no signs of improvement.
Barthel is approaching the Olympic Games in Tokyo with a string of six consecutive defeats. She failed to win a single match on the grass. After the Wimbledon Mona lost to Kucova (3:6, 6:7) on a clay tournament in Hamburg and then to Kuzmova (6:2, 4:6, 3:6) on a hard tournament in Prague.
In three out of last five Barthel's matches more games were played in the first set than in the second one
In four out of last five Swiatek's matches no more than nine games were played in the second set
It is a match of players who put up opposing results during this season. Swiatek reached the Top-10 of WTA rankings and usually beats lower-ranked opponents quite easily. Barthel is in a deep crisis and there are no signs of improvement in her performance during this season. In our prediction we are expecting a confident victory from the favourite.
Our prediction - Swiatek to win with a handicap of (-6.5) games
Prediction: Handicap (-6.5) on Swiatek
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In the most of her winning matches Swiatek beats her opponents in straight sets with a low number of games played. We don't think that Barthel in her current form is able to prolong the match.
Our second bet is on total under 18 games