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Serena Williams vs Mihaela Buzarnescu Predictions, Tips & Live Stream - Serena faces former top-20 player

  • Serena Williams vs Mihaela Buzarnescu predictions & tips
  • The French Open second-round match is being played at Roland Garros on Wednesday
  • Serena Williams has won 17 of her last 18 matches vs players ranked 101+
  • I am backing Serena Williams to win with a -5.5 game handicap
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Serena Williams is 2-2 on clay in 2021 (Getty Images)
Hannah Wilks 02 Jun 2021
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Serena Williams vs Mihaela Buzarnescu Predictions


Serena Williams faces a Romanian for a second round in a row after beating Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6(6), 6-2 on Monday. Mihaela Buzarnescu was ranked as high as world no. 20 in 2018 but is now world no. 174 and has barely played on clay in 2021.

  • Serena Williams has won 17 of her last 18 matches vs players ranked 101+
  • Serena Williams has won 17 of her last 18 Grand Slam matches vs unseeded players
  • Five of Serena Williams’s last eight Grand Slam matches vs unseeded players have gone past 18 games
  • Five of Serena Williams’s last eight Grand Slam matches have been won by 5.5 games or more
  • Mihaela Buzarnescu is 3-12 vs top-10 players
  • Mihaela Buzarnescu is 8-13 in 2020-1 combined
  • Two of Mihaela Buzarnescu’s last three clay-court matches vs top-10 players have gone past 18 games
  • Four of Mihaela Buzarnescu’s last five matches have gone past 18 games

Head-to-Head


This will be the first meeting between Serena Williams and Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Serena Williams Stats


Nationality: USA
Age: 39 (26 September 1981)
Height: 5’9” (175cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 8
Career High: 1 (July 2002)
Career Singles Titles: 73
2021 Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23
French Open Best Result: Champion (2002, 2013, 2015)

Serena Williams Form


Serena Williams played just three matches on clay (which were also her only matches since the Australian Open) coming into Roland Garros, losing two of them in narrow straight sets.

The American, who pulled out before last year’s second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova, had to work hard against Irina-Camelia Begu on Monday. She dropped serve twice, serving at 51% and, most concerningly, winning just 59% of points behind that first serve (a percentage we would normally expect to see in the 70s or 80s). She also hit 30 unforced errors to 27 winners.

Williams badly needs matches and is clearly not at her sharpest yet, but Buzarnescu, like Begu, lacks the kind of outright weapons which would be needed to take Williams on. 

Mihaela Buzarnescu Stats


Nationality: Romania
Age: 33 (4 May 1998)
Height: 5’9” (175cm)
Plays: Left-Handed
World Ranking: 148
Career High: 20 (August 2018)
Career Singles Titles: 1
2021 Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
French Open Best Result: R16 (2018)

Mihaela Buzarnescu Form


After all but retiring from the sport, Mihaela Buzarnescu made an incredible mid-career surge in 2017. She rose from world no. 538 at the beginning of that year to crack the top 20 in August 2018, reaching three WTA Tour finals in that season and making the last 16 at Roland Garros.

Buzarnescu suffered an unfortunate ankle injury just at that point and has not been the same since, crashing back out of the top 100 in August 2019. She played only two matches in 2020, losing both, and is 8-11 in 2021.

Buzarnescu is not a power player but she can be very aggressive, plays tremendous drop shots – which Williams will hate – and generally excels at disrupting her opponents. She beat power player Arantxa Rus 7-5, 7-5 in the first round. 

Live Stream


Serena Williams and Mihaela Buzarnescu meet in the French Open second round on Wednesday 2 June.

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Verdict

Williams is by far the better player and should cover the -5.5 handicap as she has done in five of her last eight Grand Slam matches vs unseeded players, but the match is likely to go past 18 games.

Best Bet: Williams -5.5 games Games Handicap @-151.52 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Over 18.5 games Total Games @-125.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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