World number four Sofia Kenin will face fellow American and 79th-ranked Lauren Davis in the second round of the 2021 Charleston Open on Wednesday, April 7. Get the live streaming options of this Sofia Kenin v Lauren Davis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sofia Kenin v Lauren Davis Head to Head
The head to head between these two Americans is currently tied at 1-1. Kenin won their first match at the 2017 US Open in straight sets before Davis surprised her opponent at the 2019 Washington Open to make it to the quarterfinal.
Kenin Looks for a Turnaround
After winning the Australian Open title last year and then making it as far as the final of the French Open, Kenin’s start to this year has been an underwhelming one. Fitness troubles have been central to her struggles, sure, but she would have liked to do better than the 7-5 win-loss record she holds this season at the moment.
What makes it doubly worse for the American number one is some of those recent losses haven’t even come against any of the top players.
Like at the Australian Open, Kenin fell in the second round to Kaia Kanepi. She followed that defeat with an opening loss at the hands of Olivia Gadecki at the Phillip Island Open, another player who has barely tasted any recent success.
And while Ons Jabeur has been doing her bit to break into the top 30 on the WTA charts, Kenin would have found her loss to the Tunisian a bitter pill to swallow when they met in the third round at the Miami Open.
Kenin now kick-starts her clay court campaign, one that had seen her end the previous season with a 6-2 win-loss record. What’s more interesting than just that record is how she started things off on clay in 2020 with a 6-0, 6-0 rout at the hands of Victoria Azarenka at the Italian Open, went on to make the final of the French Open and then lost 6-4, 6-1 to Iga Swiatek.
Davis Faces No Trouble in Opener
Davis was on court for an hour and a half but in the end she came through in straight sets, defeating Madison Brengle in her opener. The American won 6-4, 6-2, having broken her opponent six times in the match while losing her own serve thrice.
The 79th-ranked player was never in trouble though, always ahead on score in the first set and racing off to win it after falling a break behind in the second.
She broke Brengle in the second and the fourth game of the opening set and while she lost her serve in the very next game, a decisive break in the 10th game won her the set off the second set-point.
Brengle did hold the advantage for a teeny-weeny bit in the second set when she broke her opponent to go 2-1 up but Davis responded by rolling off five games in a row to clinch the set and match.
Davis had earlier begun the season on the back of three successive first round exits before making it as far as the quarterfinals of the Guadalajara Open as a qualifier. Incidentally, like her opponent in the second round, Davis has also lost to Kanepi once this season.
Kenin v Davis Prediction and Tip
On paper, this should be a cakewalk for Kenin who starts off at 1/4 to win this but given the recent form troubles and a change in surface it might be that easy.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)