Defending champion Iga Swiatek will be up against Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinal of the 2022 Italian Open. Swiatek is ranked No.1 in the world while Sabalenka is the World No.8.
Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka: Match Details
- Tournament: Italian Open 2022
- Match: Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka
- Round: Semifinal
- Date: 14th May 2022
- Venue: Rome, Italy
- Surface: Claycourt
- Prize Money: €249,740
Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka: Preview
Iga Swiatek has been the best player on the WTA tour this season by a mile. She currently leads the tour(both men’s and women’s) and started the season with a semifinal outing at the Australian Open. A Round of 16 outing at Dubai was her worst performance of the year and since then, she hasn’t looked back. She followed it up by winning her maiden WTA 1000 title on hardcourts at Doha and then completed the Sunshine Double by winning the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open- a hat-trick of WTA 1000 titles. She started her clay season with a title triumph at Stuttgart.
This week in Rome, she has been as dominant as ever and is yet to drop a set. She defeated the likes of Elena-Gabriela Ruse and Victoria Azarenka in the initial round before getting the better of Bianca Andreescu in the quarterfinal in straight sets 7-6(2),6-0.
Barring some hiccups, Aryna Sabalenka has had a good season so far. She made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open before a Round of 16 and quarterfinal outing at Dubai and Doha respectively. She then had a terrible Golden Swing where she didn’t win any match. After struggling on clay in Charleston, she reached the final of the Stuttgart Open but lost her first match in Madrid.
She was dominant in the initial rounds at Rome this week where she defeated Shuai Zhang and Jessica Pegula. In the quarterfinal, she avenged her previous two losses to Amanda Anisimova in three sets 4-6,6-3,6-2.
Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka: Head-to-Head
This will be the 4th meeting between the duo. Swiatek leads the H2H 2-1. They last met at Stuttgart a few weeks ago where Swiatek won in straight sets.
Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka: Prediction
Swiatek will go in as the overwhelming favorite to win the match. She is currently riding on a 26-match winning streak and nobody has even come close to beating her. She has been serving very well all season and is constantly evolving her game. As for Sabalenka, her serve will be the major weapon and may prove to be the deciding factor in the outcome of the match. A good match is expected with Swiatek reaching yet another final.
Prediction: Swiatek to win in straight sets.
Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka: Broadcast and Livestream details
- UK and Ireland- Amazon Prime
- USA- Tennis Channel
- Australia– beIN
- The Middle East and North Africa- beIN Sports
- Central America- ESPN
- Caribbean Islands- Sportsmax
- South America and Oceania- ESPN International
- Canada- TSN, and DAZN
- Sub-Saharan Africa- SuperSport