One of the favorites for the event, Aryna Sabalenka, has breezed her way through to the third round in Paris. She looks better than ever before, with a lot of grit displayed on the court. She will take on Russian Kamilla Rakhimova on Friday as both players look to make it to the second week. It will be a much-anticipated clash, as many will want to see if Sabalenka can continue on her way to glory in Paris or if the young Russian will come her way.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Kamilla Rakhimova: Match Details
Aryna Sabalenka looked extremely intense in 2023. With a Grand Slam win in Melbourne,she looks to make it 2/2 in Paris. Her performances have been consistent, with her making deep runs in almost all the events she has played. She came to Paris after a confidence-boosting win in Madrid. A Master’s 1000 win before a Grand Slam is always helpful. She has looked her very best in the first two rounds. Not dropping a single set and making her opponents run around shows why she is one of the favorites.
Kamilla Rakhimova, on the other hand, has had a tough season so far. With being stuck in the qualifying rounds in most events, she has not really played a lot on the main tour. She did win one ITF tournament this year. However, apart from that, it’s been below par. However, this Roland Garros has given her the opportunity to announce herself on the big stage. She has played quality tennis in her first two rounds. Back-to-back straight-set wins will give her a world of confidence. She is facing a tough competitor in Sabalenka. If she causes an upset here, she can be extremely proud of herself.
Sabalenka and Rakhimova haven’t played each other previously. This will be their first encounter. Both will be looking forward to taking the head-to-head lead. Foreign to each other’s game, it promises to be a good match.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Kamilla Rakhimova: Prediction
Sabalenka is in the form of his life right now. She seems unbeatable with the kind of aggression she is displaying. However, Grand Slams are fun events, and an upset is not far away. A bid for her first French Open will be on track if Sabalenka stays level-headed. Rakhimova has displayed a lot of quality; however, it won’t be easy to overcome the Belarusian. Back Sabalenka to win this comfortably in straight sets.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in straight sets.
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