WTA Abu Dhabi Open 2021: Sofia Kenin vs Maria Sakkari – Preview, Head to Head & Prediction

Seeded 9th coming into this tournament, Maria Sakkari will start as the favourite against the top seed Sofia Kenin. Tells you about the sheer dominance of Maria Sakkari in this tournament.

Maria Sakkari Sofia Kenin

Maria Sakkari heads into this Quarter Final with a fantastic victory over Garbiñe Muguruza 7-5 6-4. Her demolition act of Muguruza on the Centre Court of the Abu Dhabi Open is one for the ages. With a total of 33 winners, including 11 aces, Maria Sakkari just blew her opponent away with sheer power. Sofia Kenin though wasn’t that convincing in her manner of victory. She recorded a three set win over Yulia Putintseva 3-6 7-6 6-4.

Match Details:

  • Date: 11th January, 2021
  • Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
  • Fixture: Sofia Kenin vs Maria Sakkari
  • Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Category: WTA 500
  • Round: Quarter Finals
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
  • Prize money: $565,530

Sofia Kenin vs Maria Sakkari: Match Preview

Maria Sakkari

Sofia Kenin will be the first to admit that she has not played the brand of tennis that she is known for. In her last round, against Putintseva, she was down one set and had to save a match point in order to come back into the tie. Maria Sakkari is in red hot form and knows that she wont get a better chance of beating Kenin than this.

Sofia Kenin vs Maria Sakkari: Head-to-Head

Sofia Kenin

Kenin leads the head to head 2-0. Both were Grand slam wins, Wimbledon and the US Open 2018, and both went to three sets.

Sofia Kenin vs Maria Sakkari: Match Prediction

Maria Sakkari

The manner in which Maria Sakkari has taken her opponents out, she would be favourite against most opponents on the tour. This might be her first victory against Kenin on the WTA Tour.

Match Prediction: Maria Sakkari will win in three sets.

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