Aryna Sabalenka, the twenty two year old Belarusian is seeded 7th at this year’s Australian Open. She finished last season by winning the Linz open in November, and followed it up with victory at the Abu Dhabi Open in January. Her first round opponent here at the Australian Open is Viktória Kužmová from Slovakia. Kužmová is currently ranked at no. 97 in the world.
- Fixture: Aryna Sabalenka vs Viktória Kužmová
- Date: 8 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 60,239 (USD)
Aryna Sabalenka vs Viktória Kužmová : Preview
Sabalenka came to Australia on a 15 match winning streak, and she has also won the highest number of tournaments in 2020 alongside Simona Halep. In sharp contrast, Viktória Kužmová has been in poor form since her return to the court, post the pandemic. Her best performance has been first round appearances in French open and the US Open.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Viktória Kužmová : Head-to-Head
Viktória and Aryna have played each other twice, with both winning one game a piece. The last encounter between the two players was at the Fed Cup in 2018, in a match between Belarus and Slovakia, which Viktória won 6-2 2-6 7-6 .
Aryna Sabalenka vs Viktória Kužmová : Prediction
If Viktória can be more consistent she will be a tough opponent on hard courts. Aryna has played some great tennis post lockdown, and will hope to continue doing that.
Match Prediction: Aryna to win in three sets.