World no. 5, and the number one seed, Maria Sakkari of Greece, will take on Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil, the world number 48, and number seven seed, in the quarter-final of the 2022 WTA Nottingham Open on Friday, June 10. Get the live streaming options of this Maria Sakkari v Beatriz Haddad Maia match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Maria Sakkari v Beatriz Haddad Maia Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the two 26 year olds.
Sakkari Battles Past Canadian
Sakkari has been in two WTA finals this year, finishing on the losing side in both St. Petersburg and at Indian Wells.
But the top seed, who eased pas the Colombian Camila Osorio in the first round, will have hopes of lifting the trophy in Nottingham after a battling win over the Canadian Rebecca Marino, currently ranked 109th in the world.
It was Marino who started the better, breaking the Greek in her opening service game. Another break helped her claim the et.
Sakkari stirred herself in the second set and was a break up and leading 5 – 3, when the match was interrupted by rain.
When they resumed she quickly wrapped up the second set, and took the lead for the first time in the match when she broke Marino early in the third, The Canadian immediately responded with a break of her own, and had three break points in the next Sakkari service game.
She could not take any of them, and paid a high price when she dropped her own serve next game. And one more dropped serve put an end to her chances.
Hadddad Maia Beats Naturalised Brit
Haddad Maia came into this tournament at her highest ever singles ranking, although she has enjoyed her greatest successes in 2022 in doubles, finishing runner-up at the Australian Open with partner Anna Danilina and then, last month, this time with Kristina Mladenovic, winning a WTA 125K event in Paris.
Like most South American players, grass is a somewhat alien surface to her, but she has made it through to the last eight in Nottingham for the first time.
She began by coming from behind to beat Qiang Wang of China, the world number 146, despite dropping the first set on a tie-break.
And that earned her a second round match against the qualifier Yuriko LilyMiyazaki, who was born in Japan, but became a naturalised Brit earlier this year.
The Brazilian secured an early break in the first set and then strengthened her position with another break after a marathon seventh game that featured seven deuces,
It was the world number 234 that started the second set better, however, forcing an early break off her own. Bui she could not maintain her advantage, was broken in turn, and it went to a tie-break eventually, Haddad Maia had one match point saved, but she made sure with the next one.
Sakkari v Haddad Maia Prediction and Tip
Although neither can be described as a natural grass court player, Sakkari has far more experience of major tournaments than the Brazilian, and should be able to make that count.