Aryna Sabalenka v Paula Badosa Live Streaming, Prediction, Preview for WTA Finals 2021: Sabalenka Sets Sights on Payback in Badosa Clash

Aryna Sabalenka v Paula Badosa Live Streaming, Prediction
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Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus will take on Paula Badosa of Spain in the first round of the 2021 WTA Finals on Thursday, November 11. Get the live streaming options of this Aryna Sabalenka v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Aryna Sabalenka v Paula Badosa Head to Head

Sabalenka and Badosa have featured in just one career, head-to-head meeting till date. The pair met in the third round of this year’s Cincinnati Masters, with  Badosa conjuring a sensational upset win in three sets.

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Sabalenka Keen to Open Campaign With a Win

After the high of the US Open, where she reached the semifinal on the back of impressive wins before falling to giant-slayer and eventual runner-up Leylah Fernandez of Canada, Sabalenka skipped a host of events and featured in just one, the Kremlin Cup.

The current World No.2 opened her campaign with a labored victory over rising Australian star Ajla Tomljanovic.  After winning the opening set in a closely fought tiebreak, Sabalenka fell off the pace in the second and eventually conceded the set to the Australian.

However, the Belarussian recovered her poise in the decider and lifted her game by a fair few notches to eventually prevail 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-1.

Facing home favorite Ekaterina Alexandrova in her next, Sabalenka was clearly short of a gallop as the Russian outmatched her power game to cruise home in straight sets.

With her eyes firmly set on a piece of silverware in the tail-end of a what has been a season worth looking back on long after she has set down her racquet for good, Sabalenka will launch her WTA Finals campaign against in-form Spanish star Paula Badosa.

The Belarussian trails the reigning Indian Wells women’s champion 0-1 on career head-to-head count and will be keen to set the record straight in their second on-court meeting.

However, the task before her is anything but easy as the Spaniard played fabulous tennis to lift the Masters crown, her biggest career title till date, in the California desert and will be looking to play in a similar vein in the marquee WTA Finals.

The Belarussian has to bring out her booming serves and powerful winner off the handle if she is to quell the Spanish challenge in this Thursday fixture.

Badosa Eyes Cincinnati Encore

Badosa’s last event, the prestigious Indian Wells Masters, ended with the Spaniard making memories of a lifetime.  Coming into the event on the back of decent, though unspectacular, last-16 finish at the Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic, the Spaniard scripted sensational upset wins to reach her maiden Masers 1000 final.

Launching her campaign with a straight-set win over Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine, Badosa upset American teen tennis sensational Coco Gauff, reigning French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova and three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber to reach the semifinal.

Up against Ons Jabeuur in the last-four clash, the Spaniard took down the in-form Tunisian in straight sets to set up a championship showdown with two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

Again playing in a manner behoving a champion, Badosa stunned the seasoned Belarussian with some spectacular tennis to lift her maiden Masters 1000 title.

Taking that confidence and form into the WTA Finals, she will open her campaign against feisty Belarussian Sabalenka on Thursday. Her task will be rendered no less difficult by the fact that Sabalenka will be tuned up and motivated to atone for her loss in their only previous head-to-head meeting.

Sabalenka v Badosa Prediction and Tip

While Sabalenka is slightly ahead in rankings, Badosa surged to the top-10 after lifting the Indian Wells Masters title and will go into the WTA Finals playing arguably some of her best tennis.

Tip: Sabalenka to win: 8/13 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 WTA Finals will be played from November 8 to 14. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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