Iga Swiatek vs Lin Zhu Prediction and Odds: Wimbledon 2023

As the Wimbledon Championships kick off, the first-round match between Iga Swiatek and Lin Zhu promises an intriguing battle on the grass courts. With their head-to-head yet to be established, it’s an opportunity for both players to make their mark at the prestigious All-England Club. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.

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Iga Swiatek vs Lin Zhu – Match Predictions

Over 18.5 Games

Lin Zhu has taken her rivals deep in recent meetings and will force the issue against the overpowering Iga Swiatek. The Polish ace’s fitness will be a concern as she had to pull out of her semi-final appearance at Bad Homburg. Swiatek’s first match on grass this season against Tatjana Maria saw 26 games and we believe an extended match is on the cards with Zhu pushing her and Swiatek assessing her own fitness. Based on this, we are expecting to see over 18.5 games in this duel.

2-1 to Iga Swiatek

Swiatek was crowned Wimbledon Junior champion back in 2018. She is well-versed with the demands at the All England Club and will be wary of Zhu in the first round. While she had received easy assignments in the last two Wimbledon editions, the Chinese ace is a top-ranked rival. Moreover, Zhu arrives after reaching the semi-finals of the Birmingham Open. Add her fitness concerns and we can have a tough duel on our hands. Swiatek’s win over Maria in Bad Homburg’s first round needed a deciding set and we expect Zhu, who has been in much better form and higher ranked, will force a similar result.

Iga Swiatek vs Lin Zhu Preview

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Wimbledon.

Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek already holds the title of 2018 Wimbledon Junior Champion, showcasing her skills on the grass courts. However, she has faced challenges at the All-England Club, reaching the fourth round in 2021 and the third round in 2022. She arrives at the third Grand Slam of the year with the Roland Garros crown on her head and will fancy a similar conclusion here. However, her injury withdrawal at the Bad Homburg semi-finals cast doubt on her chances on the green surface’s most important event.

Lin Zhu

The 29-year-old Chinese tennis star has been steadily climbing up the rankings with her impressive performances. Just a year ago, she was ranked outside the top 100, but her hard work and dedication have paid off. At the All England Club, she has a tough task on her hands in the form of the world number 1. However, she will fancy her chances given her recent outings. After her second-round ousting in Nottingham, she reached the semi-finals in Birmingham. She also reached the fourth round at the Australian Open and continues to prove herself as a formidable competitor.

Iga Swiatek vs Lin Zhu Head to Head

This is the first meeting between Iga Swiatek and Lin Zhu on the WTA main tour.

Iga Swiatek vs Lin Zhu Match Details

A general view of Centre Court as practice matches take place on the outer courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, ahead of the championships which start on Monday. Picture date: Saturday July 1, 2023. - Photo by Icon sport
Photo by Icon Sport
  • When will this match start? This match starts at 13:00 GMT on 03 July.
  • What is the prize money for Wimbledon 2023? The total prize money for Wimbledon 2023 is £44,700,000.
  • Who is the reigning Wimbledon champion? Current world number 3, Elena Rybakina defeated Ons Jabeur to get crowned champion.

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