Cirstea comes into this match after beating Alison Riske in two sets in the opening round. While the Romanian had a bad outing on the grass, she gave a good account of herself on the dirt, by making the finals of Strasbourg and winning the title in Istanbul. As far as the hard courts are concerned, the 31-year-old has a 7/4 win/loss record till now for the year.
On the other hand, the Belarusian comes into this match with not a single match on the hard court under her belt, in the recent months. Azarenka tasted decent success on the grass courts, as she made the quarters of Bad Homburg and semis of Berlin. On the French Open clay, she lost in the fourth round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. But perhaps, the two-time Grand Slam champion’s best surface is the hard court, where she has a 6-4 win/loss record till now for 2021.
Victoria Azarenka vs Sorana Cirstea: Head to Head
These two have met four times on the WTA tour, with Azarenka leading 3-1. That said, in their last meeting at 2021 Wimbledon, Cirstea won the battle in three sets.
Victoria Azarenka vs Sorana Cirstea: Prediction
Both players will come into this match, fancying their chances of moving to the next round. Similar games from the back court will also make this contest gripping, as both girls can hit amazing shots from the baseline. One area where Cirstea is likely to score over Azarenka is the serve. While the Belarusian can handle the first serve pretty well, the second serve is vulnerable to double faults. That said, Azarenka has not played a hard court match in a while as compared to her opponent, and perhaps that could decide the outcome.
Match Prediction: Sorona Cirstea should win in three sets.
Victoria Azarenka vs Sorona Cirstea: Live Streaming & Where to Watch
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