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Victoria Azarenka v Angelique Kerber Head to Head
It’s an old rivalry, but has been a lopsided one with Azarenka leading 9-1 head to head.
The only time Kerber won was in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2016. The German went on to capture the title for the first of her three majors.
Azarenka first won at Indian Wells in 2012 and followed that with wins at the Olympics and the WTA Championships the same year. The Belarusian then won at Doha and the U.S. Open in 2015.
In 2016, Azarenka won the title in Brisbane by defeating Kerber in the final. She also won their semifinal clash in Miami the same year.
Their last two meetings were at Monterrey in 2019 and in Miami this year, both of which were won by Azarenka.
Azarenka Holds off Petkovic
Former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka made a winning return to the grass courts as she knocked out Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) in the first round of the German Open on Tuesday.
The Belarusian saved four of seven break points and converted four of 12 to win the contest in an hour and 45 minutes.
The win improved the World No. 16 to 10-3 this year. It hasn’t been a successful season for the 31-year-old, as she reached just one semifinal, in Qatar, but she had to withdraw before her clash with Garbine Muguruza.
She could only reach as far as the Round of 16 in Miami, and the fourth round at Roland Garros, facing tough three-set losses to Ash Barty and Anasatasia Pavlyuchenkova respectively.
A 21-time winner and 19-time runner-up on the tour, Azarenka has won two Australian Open titles and has three runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.
She has made it to just one final on grass, losing to Ekaterna Makarova in the 2010 Eastbourne final. However, she has a 69% winning record on the surface and is a two-time semifinalist at Wimbledon.
Kerber Too Strong for Doi
Facing Azarenka in the next round will be another former No. 1 and old rival Angelique Kerber, who was very dominant in her first round win over Japan’s Misaki Doi.
The German left-hander needed just an hour to defeat the World No. 81, 6-2, 6-1.
Ranked 27th in the world, Kerber saved all three of the break points that she faced and converted five of seven to knock out the lefty who had come through the qualifiers.
A three-time major champion, Kerber won the last of them at Wimbledon in 2018 by defeating Serena Williams in the final. She had also reached the final in 2016 but had fallen to Williams back then.
Kerber has a brilliant 70-27 record on grass, which includes runs to six finals. However, she has just two titles on the surface winning in Birmingham in 2015 and Wimbledon in 2018.
Overall, the 33-year-old has had a poor 2021 season so far, which has seen her reach the last eight just once, at the Grampian Trophy. She improved to 9-9 following Tuesday’s win.
The winner of Melbourne and New York majors in 2016, Kerber lost her first round matches in the two Grand Slams this year.
She will be hoping for a change of fortune on grass.
Azarenka v Kerber Prediction and Tip
Azarenka’s dominance in their previous matches will definitely play on Kerber’s mind, but the German is a better player on grass and although she lost their only meeting on the surface at the Olympics in 2012, she will still believe that she has a chance on Wednesday.
But Azarenka has been the better player this year and she is also seeded seventh in the competition. She will be expected to edge past the German in a close contest.