World No. 15 Victoria Azarenka will take on World No. 18 Maria Sakkari in the round of 16 of the National Bank Open on August 12, 2021.
Victoria Azarenka vs Maria Sakkari: Match Details
- Tournament: Rogers Cup 2021
- Match: Victoria Azarenka vs Maria Sakkari
- Round: Round of 16
- Date: August 12, 2021
- Venue: Montreal, Canada
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: $45,000 USD
Victoria Azarenka vs Maria Sakkari: Preview
Sakkari comes into this match after beating Veronika Kudermetova beating in three sets in the previous round. She also beat Marie Bouzkova in two sets in the first round. The Greek player enjoyed a decent time on the clay as she made the semis of the French Open. On the hard courts too, Sakkari proved her mettle by reaching the deep ends of tournaments in Doha and Miami, earlier in the year. For the season, the 26-year-old has a 16/7 win/loss record on the surface.
On the other hand, the Belarusian comes into this match after comfortably beating Sorana Cirstea in straight sets in the previous round. 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 7-4 win/loss record till now for 2021.
Victoria Azarenka vs Maria Sakkari: Head to Head
These two have met only once on the WTA tour. Azarenka beat Sakkari at Ostrava last year in straight sets.
Victoria Azarenka vs Maria Sakkari: Prediction
Both players love playing on the hard courts and that will make for an interesting contest. Moreover, expect plenty of long and grueling rallies from the baseline. While Sakkari can be a nagging customer, Azarenka is a former Grand Slam champion and might just have enough legs and experience to squeeze a tough one in her favour.
Match Prediction: Maria Sakkari should win in three sets.
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