18-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk is all set to face off against World No.65 Sara Sorribes Tormo in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Open. Both the players eased past their opponents in the Round of 16, and will look to continue the same form in this match.
- Date: 11th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Sara Sorribes Tormo vs Marta Kostyuk
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Quarterfinal
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: $565,530
Sara Sorribes Tormo vs Marta Kostyuk: Match Preview
Spaniard Sorribes Tormo defeated giant-killer Anastasia Gasanova in the round of 16. She blew past the Russian in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. This win will give Sorribes Tormo a boost in her confidence when she faces Kostyuk. Before that, the 24-year old faced off and overcame Bernarda Pera and Nadia Podoroska in the round of 32 and round of 64 respectively.
Marta Kostyuk also defeated a giantkiller in the form of Tamara Zidansek, who defeated American Jennifer Brady earlier in the tournament. The Ukrainian clobbered Zidansek in straight 6-1, 6-1. In her round of 32, Kostyuk was troubled by Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei, only managing to win after a tough three-setter. So her win over Zidansek will provide her some comfort.
Sara Sorribes Tormo vs Marta Kostyuk: Head-to-Head
Sorribes Tormo and Kostyuk have clashed once in the past. The duo came up against each other in the qualifying round at Wimbledon 2018. The Spaniard overcame Kostyuk in straight sets. However, it wasn’t a straightforward win for Sorribes Tormo. She had to work hard to win the match 7-5, 7-6. This win gives the Spaniard a 1-0 lead on head-to-head.
Sara Sorribes Tormo vs Marta Kostyuk: Match Prediction
Both the women are in sublime form at Abu Dhabi, beating their last round opponents with ease. They have managed to sustain themselves against tough rivals. Kostyuk’s run in this tournament is more of a surprise than Sorribes Tormo’s, due to her young age and relative inexperience. This will be another fascinating match, in an already amazing tournament. Kostyuk will put all her energy into qualifying for her first tour-level semifinals. However, Sorribes Tormo will end her fairytale journey, and book her berth in the next stage.
Match prediction: Sorribes Tormo will win this match in three sets.