Fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka will face sixth seed Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Open. In this high-profile contest, Sabalenka and Rybakina will battle it put for a place in the semifinals.
- Date: 11th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Quarterfinals
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: $565,530
Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina: Match Preview
Both the women are in outstanding form in Abu Dhabi. They haven’t dropped a set in the entire tournament. World No.10 Sabalenka defeated Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the round of 16 in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. The Belarusian also trounced Alja Tomaljanovic and Polona Hercog in the previous rounds. This killer form will surely be an advantage for Sabalenka in her next match.
However, it won’t be easy for Sabalenka, her opponent Elena Rybakina is in the same form as her. The Kazakh white-washed Russian Daria Kasatkina 3-6, 4-6 in the round of 16. Her performance in the previous rounds was no different. She won the first round and second-round match in straight sets as well. She will look to continue her blockbuster run in the quarterfinals as well.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina: Head-to-Head
Both the players have faced off against each other once in the past. Sabalenka and Rybakina played the quarterfinals at the Wuhan Open 2019. Aryna Sabalenka won that match in three sets 3-6, 6-1, 1-6. This defeat will be fresh in Rybakina’s memories, as she looks to restore the parity in Head-to-Head.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina: Match Prediction
Defending Linz Open champion Aryna Sabalenka is in red-hot form, steamrolling her opponent with ease. She has portrayed herself as a top title contender in Abu Dhabi and will surely want to do so. Sabalenka has won all her matches in straight sets and hasn’t provided her rivals with any chance whatsoever to undercut her momentum. However, her quarterfinal opponent Elena Rybakina can put a halt to Sabalenka’s run. World No.19 Rybakina had also won all her games in straight sets. This match is shaping up to be a real treat.
Rybakina and Sabalenka will play some excellent tennis, but in the end the Belarusian will squeeze this one out.
Match Prediction: Sabalenka to win this match in three sets.