Fans may witness an enthralling and intriguing contest when 3rd-seed Sofia Kenin lock horns with current US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka in the second round at the Italian Open 2020. Azarenka is looking in red-hot form, winning the Cincinnati Open last month and ending as runner-up last week at the Flushing Meadows.
Sofia Kenin vs Victoria Azarenka: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Sofia Kenin got a first-round bye. The 21-year old American had a decent run at the US Open 2020 before getting outclassed by Elise Mertens in straight sets 3-6, 3-6 in the fourth round.
On the other hand, Azarenka reignited her rivalry with Venus Williams in the Round of 64 match. The 31-year old Belarusian had to dig deep in the first set before finding her rhythm in the second to overpower the veteran from USA 7-6, 6-2. With her recent form, Victoria Azarenka is looking threatening as ever and every player would find it difficult to beat her.
Sofia Kenin vs Victoria Azarenka: Head-to-Head
The two women have faced each other only once prior to their meeting in Rome. It was a quarterfinal match in 2019 in Acapulco, when Kenin huffed and puffed before emerging victorious 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in a three-set thriller. So the American World No.5 leads the head-to-head record 1-0.
Sofia Kenin vs Victoria Azarenka: Prediction
All the odds are stacked against Sofia Kenin. It looks as if Azarenka has turned the clock back and it seems to be an ominous task to get the better of her. Kenin will have to be at the top of her game to even challenge the Belarusian. Nevertheless, the encounter promises to be an exciting affair.
Match Prediction: Victoria Azarenka defeats Sofia Kenin in a closely contested match, that may or may not go to the distance.