The last time Iga Swiatek took to the court at Wimbledon, she was coming fresh off a decent fourth round effort at the French Open and seen as one to watch in future years. 2 years later, the extent of her rise will have shocked many by coming so quickly. It was topped off by that French Open title last year, which she could well have followed up with a second earlier in the month but had to settle for a quarter finals run. She will hope to avoid a second consecutive first round exit but Su-Wei Hsieh can always be a tricky opponent with her unorthodox style.
Hsieh’s talents in doubles are well known but it was her singles play that brought headlines at the Australian Open with a quarter final run. That included wins over Bianca Andreescu and Marketa Vondrousova so can’t be written off as just taking advantage of a weak draw. A near three month absence has not done her well though with the 35 year-old in the midst of a six match losing streak.
Swiatek does have a Wimbledon Girls title to her name but has not yet had the opportunity to flex her muscles much on the grass. She secured her first pro win on the surface against Heather Watson in a tough three setter before a disappointing lost to Darya Kasatkina at Eastbourne, where she won just one game in the last two sets.
“It’s something different and special. Obviously it’s frustrating when you actually can’t play your favorite tennis, but I was talking about it even a month ago, that on grass I’m not going to expect anything. So it’s just fun and I’m trying to learn a bit more and not be annoyed by some tricky bounces.” Swiatek said on the change of surface. You’d favour to her advance but if there is one type of opponent you don’t want to face on a surface you are struggling or need to get used to, it is the likes of Hsieh who will not provide you with any rhythm or consistency.
Prediction – Iga Swiatek in three sets