In the quarter-finals of the WTA Kremlin Cup 2021, World No. 7 and the 3rd seeded Maria Sakkari will take on World No. 19 and the 8th seeded Simona Halep.
Maria Sakkari vs Simona Halep: Match Details
- Tournament: WTA Kremlin Cup 2021
- Match: Maria Sakkari vs Simona Halep
- Round: Quarter-Finals
- Date: 22 October, 2021
- Prize money: $15,500
- Venue: Moscow, Russia
- Surface: Outdoor Hard court
Maria Sakkari vs Simona Halep: Preview
Maria Sakkari reaches yet another quarter-final this season as her 2nd round opponent Anna Kalinskaya was forced to withdraw in the 2nd set when the score was 6-2, 1-0 in favour of the Greek. Having been defeated in the first round of the 2019 Kremlin Cup, Sakkari has returned strongly to the Russian capital this year. This is will be her 8th quarter-final match this season.
Playing for the first time since she won the 2013 Kremlin Cup, Simona Halep reaches the quarter-finals on the back of consecutive straight-sets victories. The former World No. 1 defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 7-6(4) to book her place in the last-8 of the WTA-500 event. This will be the 4th quarter-final appearance for the former Grand Slam champion this season.
Maria Sakkari vs Simona Halep: Head to Head
This will be the first-ever meeting between the duo, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Maria Sakkari vs Simona Halep: Prediction
Maria will come into the clash with a career Hardcourt record of 163-113 and is 21-11 on the surface this season while having a season record of 35-17 across all surfaces. Simona will take the court with a career Hardcourt record of 242-109 and is 12-5 on the surface this season and has an 18-8 record for the season across all surfaces.
Looking at these numbers, their past performances and recent results, Maria Sakkari seems to be the one heading into the next round but Halep could turn things given her larger experience. However, the contrasting consistency between Sakkari and Halep makes Sakkari the favourite for this tie.
Prediction: Maria Sakkari to win in 3-sets.
Maria Sakkari vs Simona Halep: Live Streaming and Where to Watch
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