French Open 2021: Serena Williams v Mihaela Buzarnescu Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 06/01/2021, 7:05 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


Former World No.1 Serena Williams registered a fabulous victory in the first round of the French Open 2021. With her triumph, the tennis queen surely gained some momentum after her poor form on clay. She’ll now advance to the second round of the tournament where she’ll be up against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu.

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Serena Williams v Mihaela Buzarnescu: Preview

After going through a rough phase on clay this season, Serena Williams silenced her critics by exhibiting a spectacular performance in the first round of the French Open 2021. With five aces and a win percentage of 53% on her second serve, she completely outplayed Irina-Camelia Begu. As a result, she crushed her in straight sets with the final scoreline of 7(8)-6(6), 6-2.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021. Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her first-round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Similarly, Mihaela Buzarnescu also registered a one-sided win in her first-round match at Roland Garros 2021. Facing Arantxa Rus, the Romanian player thrashed her opponent in straight sets. Interestingly, she too hit five aces in the match and won with the scoreline of 7-5, 7-5.

World No.8 Serena surely has one of the most powerful forehands in the world right now. Buzarnescu will need to find a counter for that if she needs to stand a chance against the mighty Williams. On the other hand, the Romanian will try to stun the 23-time Grand Slam winner with her high serves.

Serena Williams v Mihaela Buzarnescu: Head-to-Head

Serena and Mihaela haven’t faced each other on tour ever before. It’ll be their first encounter on any surface when they’ll cross their paths at the French Open 2021.

Williams v Buzarnescu: Prediction

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021. Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first-round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Serena will surely begin as the favorite before the match. It is her forehand that can cause quite a lot of damage to Buzarnescu and she’ll hit it whenever she finds any room. However, if the Romanian targets her backhand consistently, she can make it a tough one for the American legend.

Even though the prediction remains a straight-set victory for Serena, Buzarnescu can surely turn the tables around. It’ll be intriguing to see who takes the lead in the head-to-head battle and who bites the dust in Paris.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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