World No. 28, and number 25 seed, Angelique Kerber of Germany will be up against the 100th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the third round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championship on Saturday, July 3. Get the live streaming options of this Angelique Kerber v Aliaksandra Sasnovich match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Angelique Kerber v Aliaksandra Sasnovich Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 33-year-old German, and the Belarussian, who is six years younger..
Kerber Continues to Sparkle on Grass
Kerber won Wimbledon in 2018 her third Grand Slam title, and is a former world number one.
She remains, however, one of the most erratic top players on tour, capable of playing at the highest level, but then also showing the tendency to go on prolonged losing runs, which is why her current world ranking has slipped so low.
However, she warmed up for Wimbledon by winning the event at Bad Homburg on grass, and has been able to carry that form through to her first round victory over Nina Stojanovic of Serbia, the world number 86, despite dropping her opening service game.
The Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, though, posed her a significantly sterner challenge in their second round match, and Kerber had to rely on all her experience to prevail in the end.
After the opening games of the first serve went with serve, Kerber went a break-up, only to surrender her advantage immediately. However, she got a second bite of the cherry with another break, and this time claimed the set.
The pair swapped breaks at the start of the second set, and then again, and Kerber had match point on the Sorribes Tormo serve. The Spaniard though saved it and broke herself next game, consolidating that to level the match..
Five of the opening six games of the third set went against serve, but, crucially for her, it was Kerber who managed the vital hold.
Sorribes Tormo levelled once more, but then, Kerber broke her to love to finally pass the winning post.
Sasnovich Hauls Hibino Out
Sasnovich is the woman who benefitted from the shock withdrawal of Serena Williams from their first round match, after the six time champion slipped and hurt her knee to the extent that she was not able to continue.
The player from Belarus has happy memories of Wimbledon from three years ago. She reached the fourth round that year, her best ever result in a Grand Slam, beating two=time former champion Petra Kvitova along the way.
Now she faces ex-champion in the form of Kerber, after progressing past the Japanese world ranked 85, Nao Hibino, in their second round match on Thursday.
Sasnovich began well, and son found herself two breaks. But Hibino responded in kind, with two successive breaks of her own, and it was back on serve again. However, Hibino then undid all her good work by dropping her serve again and Sasnovich claimed the first set.
After the opening three games of the second set went with serve, there then ensued four successive breaks, two each.
With nothing further able to separate them, it went to a tie-break, and it was Hibino who claimed first blood with a point against serve. But it was soon back level, and then Sasnovich claimed the two mini-breaks she needed to seal the win.
Kerber v Sasnovich Prediction and Tip
Provided that Kerber can play the sort of tennis that made her a champion at Wimbledon three years ago, she should win easily, but she will need to be wary of the lapses in concentration that can give her opponent a chance.