Aryna Sabalenka will take on Daria Kasatkina in the Second round of the Madrid Open 2021. Sabalenka is currently the World no.7 on the WTA rankings and Kasatkina is the World no.37.
- Tournament: WTA Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina
- Round: Second-round
- Date: 2nd May, 2021
- Prize Money: €20,000
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina: Match Preview
Sabalenka has been the form player this season, with three WTA titles and a 15 match unbeaten run earlier this year. She is coming off a Final appearance at the Stuttgart Open, a great performance considering the event was on clay. In the Final she lost to Ash Barty in three sets, 6-3 0-6 3-6.
In the first round of this event she swept past veteran Russian player Vera Zvonareva, registering a crushing 6-1, 6-2 victory. Her opponent in the second round is Daria Kasatkina.
Kasatkina has done well on hard courts this season, and she has two trophies to show for it as well. She won the Phillip Island Trophy in February and followed it up with the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in March. In the first round match here, she beat Irina-Camelia Begu in three sets, 4-6 6-4 7-6.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina: Head-to-Head
These two players have met three times on the tour before, and Sabalenka leads the head to head 2-1. The last time these two players met was at the Australian Open this year, which Sabalenka won 7-6 6-3.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Daria Kasatkina: Prediction
Sabalenka is all about power and aggression, and she has done wonderfully on clay playing that brand of tennis. On clay this season she has a 10-3 record, and at only twenty-two she is poised to get better. Her opponent Kasatkina is high on confidence as well, but her game is completely opposite to Sabalenka’s. She relies more on defence. This will be a close game but Sabalenka will go through.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka will beat Daria Kasatkina in straight sets.