Fourth seed Sofia Kenin of the U.S. will meet 17th seed Maria Sakkari of Greece in the fourth round of the 2021 French Open on Monday, June 7. Get the live streaming options of this Sofia Kenin v Maria Sakkari match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sofia Kenin v Maria Sakkari Head to Head
They have met thrice before and Kenin has a 2-1 lead over Sakkari.
Interesting all their previous three matches have been three-set affairs, with Kenin winning at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2018 and Sakkari winning in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.
Kenin Rallies Past Pegula
Last year’s Roland Garros finalist Sofia Kenin trumped Jessica Pegula in an all-American third-round contest on Saturday to head to the second week as the highest surviving seed in the women’s draw.
In an up-and-down contest, Kenin lost the first set despite starting off brightly, but came back strongly to win the one-hour-and-56-minute contest 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The fourth seed struck 48 winners to Pegula’s 18, but made 41 unforced errors against the 28th seed’s 26. Kenin, who was broken thrice in the first set despite racing to a 0-3 start and then going up by a break once again for a 2-4 lead, converted 7 of 17 break points against Pegula’s 5 of 10 in the match.
The 2020 Australian Open champion had come to Roland Garros with a 7-8 record in 2021 and was 0-3 on clay having lost her opening matches in Charleston, Stuttgart and Rome. But the World No. 5 struck form on Parisian clay, knocking out 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the first round and then easing past compatriot Hailey Baptiste 7-5, 6-3 in the second round.
With Ash Barty retiring with an injury, Naomi Osaka pulling out and Aryna Sabalenka facing defeat, Kenin is the highest seed left in the women’s draw, which has already seen a host of other seeds fall before reaching the second week.
A winner of five career titles, the 22-year-old Kenin had a disappointing start to the season, with her best performances this year coming at the Abu Dhabi Open and the Yarra Valley Classic; she reached the quarterfinals in both the tournaments but couldn’t progress further.
Sakkari Edges Out Mertens in a Thriller
Facing Kenin in the fourth round will be 17th seed Maria Sakkari, who edged past 14th seed Elise Mertens in a thrilling three-setter on Saturday, which lasted two hours and 52 minutes.
The Greek player’s 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 victory put her into the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time in her fifth appearance. Sakkari had made it to the third round twice before but had never gone past the first week.
There was very little to choose between the two players in the first two sets, but it was Sakkari who dominated the third, breaking her opponent twice and not facing a single break point in the set to end the Belgian’s challenge. Overall, Sakkari converted 6 of 15 break points, hit 53 winners and made 48 unforced errors. In comparison, Mertens converted 3 of 12 break points, struck 31 winners and made 10 fewer unforced errors in the match.
The win improved the World No. 18 to 19-9 this year, which includes runs to three semifinals and a quarterfinal this year.
Sakkari, who has never gone past the fourth round at a major, began the tournament with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 win over Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska. She didn’t drop a set in the second round either, easing past Italy’s Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-3.
The winner of the title in Rabat in 2019 and a runner-up in San Jose in 2018, Sakkari had reached the semifinals in Abu Dhabi earlier this year by beating her next round opponent Sofia Kenin in the quarterfinals. The 25-year-old Greek then reached the semifinals of the Grampians Trophy, the quarterfinals in Doha and her maiden final four in Miami (her third at a WTA 1000 event).
Sofia Kenin v Maria Sakkari Prediction and Tip
Both are coming through tough third-round wins and going by their past matches one can expect this to go the distance as well.