In the third round of the Australian Open 2022, World No. 25 and the 24th seeded Victoria Azarenka will play against World No. 17 and the 15th seeded Elina Svitolina.
Victoria Azarenka vs Elina Svitolina: Match Details
- Tournament: Australian Open 2022
- Date: 21 January 2022
- Match: Victoria Azarenka vs Elina Svitolina
- Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: USD 159,202
Victoria Azarenka vs Elina Svitolina: Preview
Former 2-time champion Victoria Azarenka moves into the 3rd round of the Australian Open for the 11th time in her 14 appearances so far at the Slam. The Belarusian made easy work of Jil Teichmann to pick up a 6-1, 6-2 victory and has dropped only 7 games in this week of the Slam so far. Azarenka is 4-1 in the 2022 season.
Elina Svitolina battles her way into the third round and had a sorry end to her thrilling second-round match against World No. 107 Harmony Tan. Tan’s retirement due to calf injury gave Svitolina a 6-3, 5-7, 5-1 win after having won her first-round match in straight-sets. The Ukrainian moves into the 3rd round for the 8th time in her 10th tournament appearance. Elina is 2-2 this season.
Victoria Azarenka vs Elina Svitolina: Head to Head
This will be the fifth meeting between the duo who last met in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Doha Open where Azarenka won in straight-sets to take a 4-0 lead in their head-to-head.
Victoria Azarenka vs Elina Svitolina: Prediction
Victoria will come into the tie with a career hardcourt record of 239-72 and was 18-6 on the surface last season while finishing the 2021 season with a record of 28-9 across all surfaces. Elina will take the court with a career hardcourt record of 260-117 and was 31-13 on the surface last season and had a 41-20 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, either way, it will be a thrilling clash between two heavyweights on the WTA Tour. However, given Elina’s struggle with consistency and struggles against Tan make Azarenka the favourite going into the clash as the former World No. 1 has looked flawless so far.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to win in 3-sets.
Victoria Azarenka vs Elina Svitolina: Broadcast and Live Stream Details
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