Aryna Sabalenka v Daria Kasatkina Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Madrid Open 2021: Sabalenka Gunning for Easy Win

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World number seven Aryna Sabalenka will take on Russia’s and 37th-ranked Daria Kasatkina in the second round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Sunday, May 2. Get the live streaming options of this Aryna Sabalenka v Daria Kasatkina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Aryna Sabalenka v Daria Kasatkina Head to Head

There have been three previous matches played between Sabalenka and Kasatkina. Sabalenka leads 2-1 which includes a victory at the Australian Open played earlier this year, and one on clay at the 2020 French Open.

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Sabalenka Brushes Past Zvonareva

All it took Sabalenka was an hour and seven minutes to get past her first round opponent Vera Zvonareva, registering a crushing 6-1, 6-2 victory.

It was in the second game itself Sabalenka broke the first time and while she was broken right back, the Belarusian number one came back to break two more times to cruise to the opening set.

The second set began on a slightly more even note but once Sabalenka broke Zvonareva to love in the fifth game, it was all over bar the shouting. Another break of serve followed soon after before Sabalenka served it out to wrap up the encounter.

Sabalenka had come into this tournament on the back of a runner-up trophy in Stuttgart last week, scoring wins over Anett Kontaveit and Simona Halep there. With that kind of form, it’s difficult to see Sabalenka stop so easily.

Kasatkina Comes Through in a Thriller

For a while it looked like Kasatkina was out of her first round encounter against Irina-Camelia Begu. Then it seemed like she was on the verge of winning it. And then it went into a final set tie-breaker from where on the Russian managed to eke out a win.

Six breaks of serves punctuated the first eight games of the opening set, but it was in the ninth game that Kasatkina lost a decisive serve and she served out for the set.

Begu then broke early to take a 2-0 lead and had three break-points to go 3-0 up. Three breaks of serves, including two for Kasatkina brought things back to parity before she broke Begu as she served to stay in the set at 4-5.

The Russian was then a break up and had six match-points on Begu’s serve at 2-5, all of which she missed. Kasatkina then failed to serve out, got herself another match-point at 6-5 before pushing the set into a tie-breaker which Kasatkina won 7-1.

Can she now test a player far superior to Begu’s class?

Sabalenka v Kasatkina Prediction and Tip

Given Sabalenka’s form and how Kasatkina started off, this could be headed one way, and that’s the Belarusian’s. Straight-set win expected.

Tip: Sabalenka to win in straight sets: 8/11 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Madrid Open will be played from April 27-May 9. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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