In the fourth round of the Australian Open 2022, World No. 2 and the 2nd seeded Aryna Sabalenka will play against World No. 115 Kaia Kanepi.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Kaia Kanepi: Match Details
- Tournament: Australian Open 2022
- Date: 24 January 2022
- Match: Aryna Sabalenka vs Kaia Kanepi
- Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: USD 236,281
Aryna Sabalenka vs Kaia Kanepi: Preview
Aryna Sabalenka stages 3rd consecutive comeback after being a set down after the first set. The Belarusian defeated Marketa Vondrousova 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hour and 49 minutes to pick up her 3rd consecutive 3-setter win as she now moves into the 4th round of the Grand Slam for the second time. Aryna is 3-2 in the season now and is looking to enter the quarter-finals at the Slam for the first time.
Kaia Kanepi reaches the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time having made her tournament main-draw debut in 2007. After consecutive straight-set wins in the first two rounds where she also defeated Angelique Kerber in round 1, she defeated Australian wildcard entrant Maddison Inglis 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 to reach the Round of 16. She is now 4-1 in the 2022 season.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Kaia Kanepi: Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between the duo who last met in the 2nd round of the 2021 Gisspland Trophy where Kanepi won in 3-sets and now leads the head-to-head tie 1-0 against Sabalenka.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Kaia Kanepi: Prediction
Aryna will come into the tie with a career hardcourt record of 136-63 and was 24-11 on the surface last season while finishing the 2021 season with a record of 45-18 across all surfaces. Kaia will take the court with a career hardcourt record of 169-122 and was 16-8 on the surface last season and had a 23-14 record for the season across all surfaces.
Looking at these numbers and considering their form in the 2021 and the little of the 2022 season, it will be an interesting tie given Kanepi has been performing way better than what was expected and Sabalenka has had to fight her way back in the tie. Sabalenka will however remain the favourite for the tie.
Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in 3-sets.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Kaia Kanepi: Broadcast and Live Stream Details
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