• Katie Boulter v Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova
  • H2H: Moulter leads 1-0 (ITF)
MONTERREY, MEXICO – Katie Boulter will take to the court for the first time since the Australian Open when she opens her account in Monterrey against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

 

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Katie Boulter v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova H2H & Match Fundamentals

Katie Boulter v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova H2H: Boulter leads 1-0 (ITF)
WTA Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico
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Scheduled first on Estadio at 12pm

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Preview: Katie Boulter v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova | H2H: Boulter leads 1-0 (ITF)

It has been a long while since Katie Boulter last faced Anna Karolina Schmiedlova over a net, having beaten her three years ago on the grass in ITF Southsea. That probably comes as no surprise with the Slovakian known much more as a clay courter.

Since then, there have been mixed fortunes for both players, as they start to make their ways back up the rankings. Boulter missed over five months of 2019 after sustaining a stress fracture in her back while helping Great Britain to Fed Cup victory and spent most of 2020 on ITF or domestic restart tournaments.

However, the Brit started the Australian swing well with a couple of wins in the Gippsland Trophy but then suffered two straight sets losses before a long break.

Schmiedlova has a little more to write home about in her first few matches, at least with a smattering of wins including back-to-back wins for the first time since the Australian Open, last week in Guadalajara.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

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H2H: Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WR 117) Katie Boulter (WR 317)
Tournament Previous Best R16 (2020) Debut
1st Serve Return Points Won % 37 27.6
Return Points Won % 46.2 36.7
Break Point Conversion % 46.1 63.6
Break Points Saved % 46.4 51.4
Total Points Won % 50.9 50.7

Of course with more matches under her belt, Schmiedlova’s stats start off much stronger than Boulter’s  but when we stat to dig into when they have chances to break, or getting themselves out of strife on their own serve, Boulter has outperformed Schmiedlova and actually is pretty evenly matches if we look at their total points win over the year, with less time on court.

 

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Playing Styles

Schmiedlova will try and run everything down and grind away at anything that Boulter tries to throw at her. Boulter will do well not to get into long, drawn out rallies. She would also do well to keep away from the Slovak’s favoured cross0court backhand, and indeed that side in general.

The Brit will want plenty of free points on her serve and will want to dictate as much as she can with her forehand. It might even serve her well to come in more and finish off her points at the net to catch Schmiedlova out if she can.

 

Prediction

Boulter is bound to come into this a bit rusty, but she needs to take a lot of confidence from her matches at the start of the year. She played some high-quality matches and picked up a good win over Coco Gauff, so she can do this but expect to be dragged the distance.

Prediction: Boulter in three sets.

 

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