Aryna Sabalenka will take on Anna-Lena Friedsam in the Second-round of the Stuttgart Open 2021. Sabalenka is currently the World no7. on the WTA rankings and Friedsam is the World no.125.
- Tournament: Stuttgart Open 2021
- Match: Aryna Sabalenka vs Anna-Lena Friedsam
- Round: Second-round
- Date: 22nd April, 2021
- PrizeMoney: $ 9,815
- Venue: Stuttgart, Germany
- Surface: Clay Court
Aryna Sabalenka vs Anna-Lena Friedsam: Match Preview
Aryna Sabalenka had come into this tournament on the back of a hard fought defeat against Ash Barty. She had lost the Quarter-finals of the Miami Open to Barty in three sets, 4-6 7-6 3-6. Sabalenka, who has not been known to play her best tennis on clay, opened her clay court season against Zhang Shuai of China.
Putting all worries to rest, Sabalenka gave a resounding performance. A 6-2 6-2 victory in just over an hour. Sabalenka was merciless as she hit twenty-three winners, which is more than double of Shuai’s no’s, and broke Shuai’s serve four times in the match. Next up for Sabalenka is German qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam.
Friedsam has one WTA 125K Series title to her credit. Once ranked as high as no.45 in the world, this twenty-seven year old has made more appearances in the ITF’S recently. The local girl Friedsam dropped just two games against Norway’s Ulrikke Eikeri in a first-round, winning 6-2, 6-0.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Anna-Lena Friedsam: Head-to-Head
These two plates have never met on the tour before, so the head to head is 0-0.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Anna-Lena Friedsam : Prediction
With the victory over Shuai, Sabalenka improved the season’s clay court record to 6-2, and that is a marked improvement. Friedsam just doesn’t have the firepower or the versatility in her game to bother a top player like Sabalenka. Sabalenka should win this easy.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka will beat Anna-Lena Friedsam in straight sets.