Bencic vs Krejcikova: will Belinda stop Barbora?
On their way to round of 16 at Tokyo Olympics Belinda Bencic and Barbora Krejcikova didn't lose a single set to their respective opponents. Who will win in a head-to-head match on July 27? The answer is in our prediction.
Belinda Bencic performed badly on the Wimbledon, losing in the first round to Kaja Juvan (3:6, 3:6). Before the start of the Olympic Games not too many experts thought that Swiss player will achieve good results at Tokyo.
But in the first match Belinda proved that it is too early to write her off. Belinda recorded a comfortable win over Jessica Pegula (6:3, 6:3). In the second round Belinda recorded another easy win, this time over Misaki Doi (6:2, 6:4), just like we predicted.
Barbora Krejcikova is in an excellent form. Czech player started to shine in May, where she won a title of Strasbourg tournament. After that 11th WTA player won the Roland Garros tournament and a home competition at Prague on hard surface. In the recent months Barbora had only one defeat - she was beaten in the round of 16 at Wimbledon tournament by Ashleigh Barty (5:7, 3:6).
Looking at her matches in Tokyo, there are no signs of slump in Krejcikova's performance. In the first round her opponent, Zarina Diyas, withdrew herself from the match. Then Barbora recorded an easy win over Leylah Fernandez in straight sets (6:2, 6:4).
Only in one out of last five Krejcikova's matches more than nine games were played in the first set
In four out of last six Bencic's matches an equal number of games were played in both sets
Bookmakers are considering Barbora Krejcikova a clear favourite of this match. Czech player is way more successful and experienced than her round of 16 opponent. But if we look at matches in Tokyo Bencic is not looking worse than Barbora. In our prediction we think that we will see a contested match and we are offering a risky bet with an odd of 3.00.
Our prediction - Bencic to win
Both players easily beat their opponents in first two rounds and were looking confident while serving. We think that we will see many games in this match, a set exchange is also possible.
Our second bet is on total over 21 games