Aryna Sabalenka was in fabulous form coming into this Australian Open. She had won two consecutive trophies, one at Linz and the other at Abu Dhabi. And all that momentum and good form showed as she blew away her first round opponent Viktória Kužmová 6-0 6-4. Next up for her is former world no.10 Daria Kasatkina.
- Fixture: Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina
- Date: 10 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 2nd Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 115,275 (USD)
Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina: Preview
Daria Kasatkina took out British tennis player Katie Boulter 6-1 6-4 in her first round encounter, but that victory was more down to the huge number of unforced errors that Katie made. Sabalenka has shown some great form and is perhaps the dark horse for this tournament.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina: H2H
These two players have met twice on the tour before, and the H2H stands at 1-1.
The last encounter was on clay in 2020, which was won by Sabalenka 7-6 6-0.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina: Prediction
Sabalenka has power in all aspects of her game. In the last match she served one at 191km/ hour. Add to that her ferocious game from the baseline and it’s very hard to see how Kasatkina can breach that game.
Match Prediction: Sabalenka to win in straight sets.