Now that we are getting into the business end of the tournament, we will frequently see top seeded players go up against each other. The first of many such matches is the one between Serena Williams and Aryna Sabalenka. The no.10 seed Williams up against the no.7 Sabalenka for place in the Quarter Finals.
- Fixture: Serena Williams vs Aryna Sabalenka
- Date: 14 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 4th Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: 245,920 $ (USD)
Serena Williams vs Aryna Sabalenka: Preview
Williams has been in the news at the Australian Open not only for her outfit but also for her tennis. After two easy straight sets wins in her first two games Williams was pushed a little harder in her third round match by Anastasia Potapova. Williams was also guilty of making a lot of unforced errors in that match but in the end prevailed 7-6 6-2.
Sabalenka hasn’t dropped a set yet at this year’s Australian open. In her third round encounter against American Ann Li, she again won in straight sets 6-3 6-1.
Serena Williams vs Aryna Sabalenka: Head-to-Head
They haven’t yet met on the tour, so the record stands at 0-0.
Serena Williams vs Aryna Sabalenka: Prediction
Skill and power alone doesn’t make a champion, it’s the drive, the motivation, the fight within that makes the difference. William’s is an epitome of those things. Sabalenka has the game and the fitness to beat Williams but does she have the mentality, the drive? Williams still has a couple of years of tennis in her, and will edge this contest.
Match Prediction: Serena Williams in 3 sets.