WTA Miami Open 2021: Arantxa Rus vs Maria Sakkari – Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

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Arantxa Rus vs Maria Sakkari
Arantxa Rus vs Maria Sakkari

Maria Sakkari, 23rd seed at the Miami Open 2021 will face Arantxa Rus in the second round fixture. Sakkari is ranked 25th in the WTA Rankings, whereas, Rus is ranked on the 84th spot.

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
  • Match: Arantxa Rus vs Maria Sakkari
  • Round: Second Round 
  • Date: 25th March, 2021
  • Prize Money: $16,000
  • Venue: Miami, Florida 
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court

Arantxa Rus vs Maria Sakkari: Match Preview

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Maria Sakkari

Arantxa Rus defeated Marie Bouzkova in the first round in straight sets. The Dutch dropped just six games in the entire match on course to her victory. She last played at the Monterrey Open last week, where she lost to Ann Li in straight sets in the first round. Rus will hope to bounce back from the disappointment and do well in Miami this week.

Maria Sakkari last played at the Dubai Open where was knocked out in the first round by Barbora Krejcikova. In the first round at Miami Open, she received a bye by virtue of being the 23rd seed. Sakkari also competed at the Qatar Open a few weeks ago, where she was defeated in the quarterfinals by Garbine Muguruza.

Arantxa Rus vs Maria Sakkari: Head-to-Head

Arantxa Rus
Arantxa Rus

The duo have clashed against each other just once in 2018 at the Istanbul Open. Sakkari won the encounter in straight sets and leads the head to head record, 1-0.

Arantxa Rus vs Maria Sakkari: Match Prediction

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Sakkari will progress into the third round

Maria Sakkari is the certain favorite to win the second round encounter. The Greek has not been in her best form so far this year, but is a real threat on the hard courts. Sakkari has had a hard-hitting game and she can strike some ferocious winners. On the other hand, Rus is an experienced campaigner and can defeat top players on her day. However, she will have to produce her best tennis if she is to challenge Sakkari in the second round.

Match Prediction: Maria Sakkari to win in straight sets

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