Fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka will face Russian giantkiller Veronika Kudermetova in the final of the newly-minted WTA Abu Dhabi Open 2021. This will be Sabalenka’s second tour final on the trot, while Kudermetova has conquered second seed Elina Svitolina on her way to the final.
- Date: 13th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Aryna Sabalenka vs Veronika Kudermetova
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Final
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: $565,530
Aryna Sabalenka vs Veronika Kudermetova: Match Preview
Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka entered this tournament after winning the Linz Open in 2020. At Abu Dhabi, Sabalenka toppled one opponent after other, winning every match but one in straight sets. One of those wins was over ninth seed Maria Sakkari in the semifinal. Sakkari was the giantkiller of the tournament, she had already defeated First seed Sofia Kenin and fifth seed Garbiñe Muguruza as well. And in the semifinal the Greek plotted another giant killing, but Sabalenka outsmarted Sakkari in straight sets 3-6, 2-6. Now Sabalenka has positioned herself as the favorite to win the title.
Her finals opponent is 23-year old Russian Veronika Kudermetova. She qualified for the final after defeating Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in the semifinals and second seed Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals. Before the start of this tournament, Kudermetova was on no one’s radar. But now she has made all the way to the finals and is one step away from the title.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Veronika Kudermetova: Head-to-Head
The Belarusian leads the Russian on head-to-head 1-0. The pair met against each other at Antalya 2015. Sabalenka won the match 6-3, 6-3. The next match will provide Kudermetova the opportunity to level the scores and in the process clinch her first singles title.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Veronika Kudermetova: Match Prediction
Both the player have been in killer form this week. They overcame their opponents with pure finesse and class. Kudermetova has stunned the tennis world with her performances in Abu Dhabi. Sabalenka has continued the great form from Linz in this tournament. And she surely looks like she is on track to win two tour titles on the trot. Sabalenka will be expected to outlast Kudermetova and win the first WTA tour title of 2021.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win the title after three sets.