World number 23 Anett Kontaveit faces up to the challenge of the 90th-ranked from Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the 2021 Australian Open on Monday, February 8, with the match likely to begin at around 10 am local time (11 pm BST or 6 pm Eastern Time previous day). Get the live streaming options of this Anett Kontaveit v Aliaksandra Sasnovich match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Anett Kontaveit v Aliaksandra Sasnovich Head to Head
This has been a long-standing rivalry spread across the ITF and WTA circuit. Overall, they have played nine matches and Sasnovich has a 5-4 edge.
On the WTA circuit, it gets even better for Sasnovich, who has won four of the six matches they have participated in. Their last two meetings came in 2019, including once at the Australian Open where Sasnovich routed Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3.
Kontaveit Puts Abu Dhabi Loss Behind
It wasn’t the greatest of starts for Kontaveit this season. Kick-starting her campaign at the Abu Dhabi Open, Kontaveit fell in the very first round to Veronika Kudermetova, and in straight sets as well.
That, however, looks to have not had an adverse effect on the Estonian. She stormed into the second round of the Grampians Trophy with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Christina McHale and while she was tested a tad by Betthanie Mattek-Sands, Kontaveit still won in straight sets.
With Victoria Azarenka withdrawing from her quarterfinal, Kontaveit would also be playing Maria Sakkari in what should be an interesting build-up heading into the Australian Open, a Grand Slam where she made it to the quarterfinal for the first time last year.
A tough encounter awaits her first up but Kontaveit has the confidence from her form over the last 12 months.
Sasnovich Inching Back after Woeful 2020 Start
From a near career-best of 31st on the WTA Rankings in 2019, Sasnovich plumetted to 120th in the world early 2020 following a string of poor results. This followed a second round exit at the Shenzhen Open and back to back to opening losses in Adelaide and Melbourne in the early part of the season.
A month later, she also lost her first round match in Dubai and then failed to qualify for Doha, making it one of her most woeful starts to the year.
It was her consistency in the second phase of the season that brought her back into the top 100. A quarterfinal in Palermo as a qualifier, third round at the US Open and quarterfinals in Istanbul and Linz meant she could have even broken back into the top 60 had it not been for the tweaked WTA Ranking system.
In 2021, Sasnovich has played in two tournaments and lost in the second round in both – to Garbine Muguruza in Abu Dhabi and to Irina Begu in Melbourne.
Can Sasnovich extend her confidence by taking the scalp of a top-20 player?
Kontaveit v Sasnovich Prediction and Tip
Kontaveit is an easy pick for a comfortable win here, and while Sasnovich has some form going for her, it shouldn’t stop the Estonian from winning this.
Tip: Kontaveit to win in straight sets: 4/6 (bet365)