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Italian Open 2024: Iga Swiatek vs Bernarda Pera preview, head-to-head, prediction, live streaming details

Published at :May 10, 2024 at 12:46 AM
Modified at :May 10, 2024 at 12:46 AM
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Swiatek is coming off a title win at the Madrid Open last week.

WTA World No. #1 Iga Swiatek will square off against American tennis player Bernarda Pera in the second round of Italian Open 2024 in Rome. The Polish tennis player has slayed on red soil this season, as she won her third WTA 1000 title in 2024 with the Madrid Open.

Swiatek would hope to dominate against her American opponent and kick-off her campaign in style. Whereas Bernarda had to come through the qualifiers to make it to the main round of the tournament. The American is currently ranked 79th in the world and would face an uphill task against the world-beater.

Iga Swiatek vs Bernarda Pera match details 

Date: May 10, Friday

Time: 12:20 AM IST (Tentative)

Venue: Forco Italico, Rome

Iga Swiatek vs Bernarda Pera Preview

Having lifted her maiden Madrid Open title, Iga Swiatek will now begin her chase for a third Italian Open trophy. The reigning Australian Open champion was the winner at Rome in the 2021 and 2022 edition Italian Open. However, injury woes diminished her chances to dominate in Rome for the third time.

On the other hand, Bernarda looked unstoppable in the qualifiers. The 29-year-old defeated British player Heather Watson in straight sets to commence her campaign. Since then, she has outclassed Anna Bonder and compatriot Caroline Dolehide to mark her presence in the second round of the WTA 1000 tournament.

Bernarda has just dropped one game so far in this tournament. However, her chances of winning against the World No. 1 are minimal. 

Swiatek’s clay campaign started in Stuttgart at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where the pole was a two-time defending champion. But her rival Elena Rybikana, stood strong against her in the final and ended her title defence run.  

Head-to-head

Matches – 2

Iga Swiatek – 2

Bernarda Pera – 0

This would be the third time when both tennis players would face each other. The head-to-head record is dominated by the pole. Last time, Iga and Bernarda were against each other was in the third round of the 2023 Madrid Open, with Iga winning 6-3, 6-2.

Where and how to watch live streaming and TV broadcast of Iga Swiatek vs Bernarda Pera, Italian Open 2024, second round match in India?

Unfortunately, there won’t be a live telecast of the WTA 1000 matches in India. However, fans can catch the live action of the Iga Swiatek vs Bernarda Pera clash on Tennis TV as well as on WTA TV.

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Prediction

As expected, Iga Swaitek won’t show any mercy against Bernarda Pera in the second round of the Italian Open 2024. She would go all guns blazing, as she has a winning record (27-6) in the championship. 

Swiatek has won nine of her last 10 matches, which shows her dominance in tennis of late. Bernarda has won her last eight matches in 10, which is as good as her opponent. Last year in Rome, Bernarda had to face defeat in the second round of the championship against Lesya Tsurenko, 6-4, 6-4.

The Pole has defended 60% of breakpoints and managed to convert 48% of the opportunities. Meanwhile, Pera has saved 58% of breakpoints, whilst converting 44%.

Iga clinched the 20th title of her career last week. And she has had an impressive 71-10 record on clay since 2019. Bernarda will be high on confidence following her victory in the qualifiers; however, she must be aware of facing thunderstorms.  

Result: Iga Swiatek to win in starlight sets.

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