World No.8 Maria Sakkari will lock horns with Qinwen Zheng in the second-round of the Australian Open 2022 on Wednesday.
Maria Sakkari vs Qinwen Zheng: Match Details
- Tournament: Australian Open 2022
- Match: Maria Sakkari vs Qinwen Zheng
- Round: Second Round
- Date: 19 January 2022
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Hardcourt
- Prize Money: $90,000
Maria Sakkari vs Qinwen Zheng: Match Preview
World No.8 Maria Sakkari would definitely come into the second round with a lot of confidence after an impressive year in the WTA tour. She comes into the second round after a straight-set victory over German Tatjana Maria in the first round. In 2021, the Greek reached her 3rd WTA 1000 semi-finals, while also reaching two Grand Slam semi-finals at the French Open and the US Open respectively. The 26-year-old then went on to qualify for the year-end WTA finals, becoming the first Greek woman to qualify for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Qinwen Zheng comes into the match after a hard-fought tie-breaker victory over Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The Chinese national had a breakthrough campaign in 2021. In January 2021, the 19-year-old won the Tennis Future Hamburg, where she defeated Linda Fruhvirtova 6–2, 6–3 in the final of the ITF Circuit $25k event, held at the venue of the Hamburger Tennis-Verband. On 20 June 2021, she won the final of the $60k event Macha Lake Open.
Defeating Aleksandra Krunić in two sets. Zheng made her WTA Tour debut at the 2021 Palermo, where she also recorded her first win after defeating second seed Liudmila Samsonova in the first round.
Maria Sakkari vs Qinwen Zheng: Head to Head
Maria Sakkari and Qinwen Zheng have never met each other before, with their meeting at the Australian Open second round set to be their first.
Maria Sakkari vs Qinwen Zheng: Match Predictions
Maria Sakkari has come into the tournament after a very good 2021, and would be looking to go deep into the tournament as one of the top 10 seeds. The Greek would look to continue her good form in Grand Slams after reaching to Grand Slam semi-finals last year.
Meanwhile, Zheng too had an amazing 2021 and would look to further her credentials and rise up the tennis world. This would be a close match to call, despite Sakkari being slight favourites in the clash
Match Prediction- Sakkari to win in three sets.
Maria Sakkari vs Qinwen Zheng: Broadcast and Live stream details
- Africa- beIN Sports, Supersports
- Australia- Nine and Stan Sport
- China- CCTV, GreatSports Media
- Japan- WOWOW
- Malaysia- beIN Sports
- New Zealand- Sky
- Singapore- beIN Sports
- Europe- Eurosport, Servus TV
- India and subcontinent- Sony Six
- Latin America and Caribbean- ESPN International
- Middle East- beIN Sports
- Canada- TSN/RDS
- North America- ESPN
- USA- ESPN
- United Kingdom- Eurosport