Madison Keys will start her 2021 Chicago Open against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening round, on Monday, September 27. Get the live streaming options of this Madison Keys v Aliaksandra Sasnovich match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Madison Keys v Aliaksandra Sasnovich Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between Keys and Sasnovich.
Keys Seeking First Win Since July
Keys hasn’t had the best year and is currently on a 5-match losing streak. Her W/L ratio for the year is 10/13, with just 2 of these wins coming on the hard courts. The former top-10 player currently sits 49th in the live rankings.
The American did post a decent grass court season though, reaching the quarterfinals of Berlin and the 4th round of Wimbledon. Berlin saw Keys navigate her way past Frech and then scoring an impressive win over Sabalenka 6-4 1-6 7-5. Keys lost in the quarters to the eventual champion Samsonova 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(0).
At the All-England Club, Kets reached the last 16, defeating Swan, Davis, and Mertens all in straight sets, eventually losing to Golubic in the 4th round 7-6(3) 6-3 to end her run.
The former US Open Finalist arrives in Chicago desperate to find some form on the hard courts, and based upon ranking, is the favourite to advance to round 2 to set up a tie with 5th seed Rybakina.
Sasnovich Eager to Return to Top-100
Sasnovich currently sits outside the top-100 in the live rankings at 105th, despite being a former top-30 player. The Belarusian possesses a 20/18 W/L ratio for the year and has reached the last 8 on three occasions, two of these occasions on the WTA circuit in Belgrade and Cleveland.
In Belgrade, the 27-year-old battled past Wang and Busca in tough 3-set tussles, before losing in straight sets to Serrano.
In Cleveland, Sasnovich came out on top against McHale and Podoroska in the opening rounds before falling at the quarterfinal stage again, this time against Begu 6-2 6-4.
Sasnovich also made a 3rd round birth at Wimbledon, capitalising on Serena Williams having to secure from their first encounter at 3-3 in the first set and injuring her ankle on the slippery grass. In the second round, Sasnovich got the better of Hibino 6-4 7-6(4) before losing to Kerber 2-6 6-0 6-1 to end her run.
Keys v Sasnovich Prediction and Tip
It is likely that Keys will encounter a tough battle as she tries to reach the second round of Chicago, however, her powerful groundstrokes should be too much for Sasnovich providing she does not spray a large number of unforced errors.