Aryna Sabalenka will take on Ash Barty in the Finals of the Stuttgart Open 2021. Sabalenka is currently the World no.7 on the WTA rankings and Barty is the World no.1.
- Tournament: Stuttgart Open 2021
- Match: Aryna Sabalenka vs Ash Barty
- Round: Final
- Date: 25th April, 2021
- Prize Money: Winner($82,075) Runners-up($61,045)
- Venue: Stuttgart, Germany
- Surface: Clay Court
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ash Barty: Match Preview
Sabalenka is now 9-2 on clay this season. In this tournament so far, in the first round the powerful Sabalenka trounced the Chinese player Zhang Shuai in straight sets, 6-2 6-2. In the second she conquered Anna-Lena Friedsam in an hour and 20 mins, winning 6-4 6-2. In the Quarter-finals she overcame Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in three sets, 7-5 4-6 6-1.
In the Semi-final Aryana Sabalenka played what is one of the matches of her career. When she looks back on her career years from now, she will think of this match as one of the defining moments of her career. Simona Halep on clay, in the latter half of tournaments is a mighty scary opposition, but the manner of Sabalenka’s victory was exemplary. A 6-3 6-2 victory for Sabalenka and into the Finals she goes.
In the Finals she will face Ash Barty. Barty, the top seed has been fighting tooth and nail to remain alive in the tournament. After defeating Laura Siegemund in her first match, she faced Karolina Pliskova in the Quarters, a match that Barty came from behind and won 2-6 6-1 7-5. In the Semi-finals she faced her toughest test yet, she won in three sets against the fourth seed Elina Svitolina, 4-6 7-6 6-2.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ash Barty: Head-to-Head
The two players have met six times on the tour, and the head to head stands 3-3 for now. The last time the two played each other was in Miami, where Barty triumphed in three sets, 6-4 6-7 6-3.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ash Barty: Prediction
Sabalenka has improved her game on clay and its showing. She has a 9-2 record on clay this season. Her first two victories in this tournament were in straight sets, and in the third she fought hard and won in three. Against Halep which was her litmus test, she came out with flying colours.
Barty, the no.1 player in the world has played two draining three set matches back to back, and fatigue must have caught up with her. Another tough match against a quality opponent may be physically impossible for Ash Barty at this point. The stage is set for Aryna Sabalenka to lift the Stuttgart trophy high up in the air, will she oblige?
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka will beat Ash Barty in three sets.