Victoria Azarenka will take on Ekaterina Alexandrova in the First round of the Madrid Open 2021. Azarenka is currently the World no.15 on the WTA rankings and Alexandrova is the World no.32.
- Tournament: WTA Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Victoria Azarenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova
- Round: First-round
- Date: 30th April, 2021
- Prize Money: $18,674
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Victoria Azarenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Match Preview
Azarenka started the hard court leg of the season with a Final appearance at the US Open. Post that, her results have not been that good and rather erratic. A first round exit at the Australian Open was followed by a Semi-final appearance at the Qatar Open.
Azarenka has been hampered by a bad back injury, and that injury forced her to give a walkover in the Qatar Open. Her last match was at the Miami Open, where she lost to Ash Barty in the round of sixteen.
Her opponent in the first round is Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova. Alexandrova has appeared in only one clay court tournament this year, the Stuttgart Open 2021. She reached the Quarter-final of the event and lost to Simona Halep at that stage.
Victoria Azarenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Head-to-Head
The two players have met just once on the tour before, It was an encounter in 2018 at Wimbledon, which Azarenka won in straight sets 7-6 6-3. So she leads the head to head 1-0.
Victoria Azarenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Prediction
Azarenka plays her best tennis on hard courts, but that’s not to say that she can’t compete hard on clay. This season she has a 4-2 record on clay courts, and she did reach the Quarter-Finals of the Rome Open. Alexandrova has a 5-3 record on clay, having reached the round of sixteen of the French Open. This will be a tight game, and Azarenka is poised to just clinch it.
Match Prediction: Victoria Azarenka will beat Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets.