Top seed Aryna Sabalenka will start her grass swing against the American Madison Keys in the second round of the 2021 German Open on Wednesday, June 16. Get the live streaming options of this Aryna Sabalenka v Madison Keys match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Aryna Sabalenka v Madison Keys Head to Head
Sabalenka holds a 1-0 over Keys, last beating her in the 2018 Cincinnati Open.
Sabalenka Enjoying her Career-Best Season
Aryna Sabalenka has had a pretty remarkable season so far. Currently ranked #4 on the circuit – her best singles ranking yet, the 23-year-old Belarusian has reached three singles final on the tour in 2021. In two of those – Madrid Open and Abu Dhabi, she moved on to win the title. As for the runner-up trophy, she picked that up in Stuttgart.
These defining tournaments saw Sabalenka beat some big names on the tour like Ashleigh Barty, Elise Mertens, Simona Halep, and Maria Sakkari.
In the last couple of events, however, notably the Italian Open and French Open, Sabalenka couldn’t make it past the third round. In Paris, she fell to the eventual runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
She ended her 2020 season on a terrific note, winning the titles back to back in Ostrava and Linz. As for her play on grass, Sabalenka has some pedigree here having reached the final in the 2018 WTA Eastbourne (losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the final), and the quarterfinal in the Rosmalen Championships.
Keys Eyeing Resurgence on Grass
The former US Open runner-up has had a pretty mediocre season so far in 2021. However, this isn’t to say that she hasn’t got what it takes to beat top players, it is just that she is out of sorts at the moment.
Most recently, she reached the third round in the French Open where she fell to Victoria Azarenka – that was her best run on the WTA Tour since the 2020 US Open. As for her run in other tournaments, she never made it beyond the initial few rounds. That said, she did start the year in the Qatar Open, having missed out on the entirety of the Australian Open Series.
Between Doha and Paris, Keys played in a series of tournaments in Miami, Rome, Dubai, and Charleston where she fell in the second round itself.
Sabalenka v Keys Prediction and Tip
Keys is still out of form and that is something Sabalenka will look to exploit in this match. Expect the Belarusian to win this match but it would not be surprising if we see a three-setter here.