Wimbledon 2021: Aryna Sabalenka vs Monica Niculescu Preview, Head-to-Head and Prediction

Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka will face Monica Niculescu in the opening match of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Will she be able to win the match despite her recent problems on grass?

Aryna Sabalenka vs Monica Niculescu
Aryna Sabalenka vs Monica Niculescu

Second-seeded player, Aryna Sabalenka, will be up against World No.193 Monica Niculescu in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships 2021.

Aryna Sabalenka v Monica Niculescu: Match Details

TournamentWimbledon 2021
MatchAryna Sabalenka vs Monica Niculescu
RoundFirst Round
Date28th June, 2021
Prize Money$67,751
VenueWimbledon, Great Britain
SurfaceGrass Court

Aryna Sabalenka v Monica Niculescu: Preview

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka

Before Wimbledon 2021, Aryna Sabalenka participated at the Eastbourne International 2021. Even though she got a great start, she lost to Italy’s Camila Giorgi in three sets in the quarter-finals.

On the other hand, Monica Niculescu recently won the doubles title at an ITF tournament in Great Britain on grass. As a result, she is coming prepared and might prove to be a big threat to Sabalenka in the first round. Besides, she is a qualifier at the Grand Slam who won all her three qualifying matches in straight sets.

While Niculescu will be ready to face the ruthless forehand of Sabalenka, the Belarusian player will have to find an answer to the Romanian’s cheeky drop shots.

Aryna Sabalenka v Monica Niculescu: Head-to-Head

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka

World No.4 Sabalenka has faced Niculescu only one time in her career so far. As of now, she leads the head-to-head battle 1-0. The two crossed their paths at the Shenzhen Open 2018 where Sabalenka thrashed Niculescu in straight sets.

Aryna Sabalenka v Monica Niculescu: Prediction

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka

Sabalenka will surely begin as the favorite before the match. She’ll try to not give any room to Niculescu and play her attacking tennis in order to establish an early momentum.

However, Niculescu has got a good service and can cause Sabalenka some trouble. Besides, after three recent wins, she has the momentum with and will try to take engage the Belarusian player in long rallies- an area she hasn’t worked well on in the recent past.

Final Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in straight sets

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