WTA Berlin Open 2021: Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber Preview, Head to Head and Prediction for Bett1Open 2021

In a battle of multiple grand slam champions, Victoria Azarenka will take on Angelique Kerber in the second round of the 2021 Berlin Open.

Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber
Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber

Seventh seed Victoria Azarenka will be up against home favorite Angelique Kerber in the Round of 16 of the Berlin Open. Azarenka is ranked 16th in the world while Kerber is the world no.27.

Match Details:

TournamentWTA Berlin Open 2021
MatchVictoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber
RoundSecond Round
Date17th June, 2021
Prize Money$8,199
VenueBerlin, Germany
SurfaceGrass Court

Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber: Preview

Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka

2-time grand slam champion, Victoria Azarenka proved her mettle as she ousted wild card Andrea Petkovic in straight sets 6-4,7-6(2) in the first round of the Berlin Open. They had clashed three times between 2010 and 2013 with Azarenka winning twice, but this marked their first meeting in eight years.

Azarenka has a very well suited game for grass on account of her low baseline strokes. The Belarussian has also made to the semifinals of Wimbledon twice in 2011-12. In Berlin this week, she would hope for a good run in build up to Wimbledon.

As for her opponent, Angelique Kerber, she is no newbie to the grass. The former world no.1 is also a Wimbledon champion in 2018 and reached the final in 2016. She has the perfect game for grass because of her good serve and smashing forehands. In Berlin, she absolutely thrashed Japanese Misaki Doi in the first round 6-2,6-1 to set up a clash with Azarenka.

Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber: Head-to-Head

Angelique Kerber will be the title favourite at the upcoming WTA Berlin Open 2021
Angelique Kerber

This will be the 11th meeting between the duo. Azarenka leads the H2H 9-1. They last met at Miami earlier this year where Azarenka won in straight sets.

Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber: Prediction

Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka

Both the players know each other very well and are closely matched on current form. Hence the match promises to be a mouth-watering affair. Azarenka clearly has a better record against Kerber and will have a slight edge over her. But Kerber, playing on home soil will look to make the most of her favorable surface. Expect a very tight match with the Belarussian edging into the quarterfinals.

Prediction: Azarenka to win in three sets.

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