World number seven Aryna Sabalenka has Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit as her opponent in the quarterfinal of the 2021 WTA Stuttgart Open on Friday, April 23. Get the live streaming options of this Aryna Sabalenka v Anett Kontaveit match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Aryna Sabalenka v Anett Kontaveit Head to Head
There have been three previous matches played between these players and all of them were won by Sabalenka. All the three matches came on hard court surfaces, with one as recently as the Dubai Open in 2021, and another in the final of the 2018 Wuhan Open.
Sabalenka Guns Past Friedsam
Sabalenka has been aided by her draw so far, having faced lower-ranked players like Shuai Zhang and Anna-Lena Friedsam so far. But you play whom you are drawn to play and you play to the best of your capabilities and that’s exactly what Sabalenka has been able to do so far.
In her first round match against Zhang, she dropped just four games, before continuing her journey in the second with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Friedsam in the second.
In a match lasting an hour and 20 minutes, Sabalenka faced a small hiccup in the opening set when Friedsam broke back to level the match at 2-2 but from there on it was all one-way traffic.
Sabalenka broke again in the ninth game to serve out the set, and then began the second set with another break to go 2-0 up. A late break in the seventh game of the second sealed the deal for the Belarusian as she now hunts for a rare semifinal place in a clay court event.
Clay has never been Sabalenka’s favourite surface, having not reached the final of such a tournament since April 2018. Her performances so far have a note of promise though.
Kontaveit Blasts out Kenin
Sofia Kenin is the French Open finalist from 2020 but she was no match for an aggressive Kontaveit who completed a 7-5, 6-4 win in her second round match.
Going in as a favourite, Kontaveit missed out on four break-point opportunities across the first four games, and then four more in eighth game before finally breaking Kenin in the 12th game. It was off her 10th break-point.
Kenin broke Kontaveit in the first game of the second set to pose a more difficult challenge but with her own serve causing her issues, Kontaveit broke back in the fourth game, and then made it two in a row.
While Kenin showed some grit while Kontaveit served for the match by saving one match-point and breaking back, she failed to hold serve as Kontaveit got herself a fourth break off her 16th break-point in the match.
Against Sabalenka, the former world number 14 will need to do a lot better with her chances because they won’t come again and again.
Sabalenka v Kontaveit Prediction and Tip
Sabalenka is a heavy favourite here and we are backing her to win this one. Might go into a third if Kontaveit can capture some of her previous form.
Tip: Sabalenka to win: 8/13 (bet365)