World No. 2 Aryna Sabalekna will take on World No. 37 Ekaterina Alexandrova in the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup on October 22, 2021.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Match Details
- Tournament: WTA Kremlin Cup 2021
- Match: Aryna Sabalenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova
- Round: Quarterfinals
- Date: October 22, 2021
- Prize Money: $15,500
- Venue: Moscow, Russia
- Surface: Hard Court
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Preview
Sabalenka comes into this round after overcoming a hard-fought battle against Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets. Unfortunately, the Belarusian didn’t play a single match post the 2021 US Open, after getting infected by the Covid-19. That said, Sabalenka did manage to shake off some rust in the last round against the Australian.
The 23-year-old has already shown what she is capable, across surfaces this year and has also piled on decent results on the hard courts. With semifinal appurtenances in New York, Montreal and quarters in Dubai and Miami, earlier in the year, the top seed in Moscow has all the chances to go all the way this week in Moscow.
On the other hand, Alexandrova comes into this match after beating Anhelina Kalinina in the previous round. She also escaped in the opening round, as World No.8 Ons Jabeur pulled out with an injury. That said, the Russian hasn’t gone past the second round at any hard court tournament, since the start of the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
With consistent failures in the last six tournaments, the 26-year-old’s confidence will suffer. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how she handles the pressure of facing the World No.2.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Head to Head
These two players have met three times on the WTA tour. Currently, Sabalenka leads Alexandrova 2-1.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Prediction
The Russian challenger might have beaten Sabalenka once in her career. That said, given her recent struggles on the hard courts, it will be a daunting task to match up to the demands of the Belarusian from the baseline.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in straight sets.
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