TennisSection previews the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as Maria Sakkari takes on Arantxa Rus in the Round of 128 on Monday, June 28th 2021.
Will Arantxa Rus be able to product a stunner and take out the 2021 French Open semi-finalist? Will Maria Sakkari be able to carry her supreme form to the grass? This match will be an interesting one to see how Maria Sakkari’s level is on grass. Only one player can move on to the Round of 64 at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, who will it be?
Arantxa Rus comes into this tournament with few wins on the WTA Tour in the past few months, and most likely not very much confidence on the grass, falling in the first round of the Bad Homburg Open just a week prior. With results primarily flowing for Arantxa Rus on the doubles circuit, she will need to bring out a miracle to take down one of the most in-form players on the WTA Tour right now in Maria Sakkari. Arantxa Rus has not been able to make it into the Round of 64 once at Wimbledon in the last 5 years. I expect her to be focusing on her doubles tournament at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, as this match-up will be a very tough task.
Maria Sakkari should be coming into the tournament with plenty of confidence, just reaching the semi-finals of the 2021 French Open. However, Wimbledon is a whole different ball game, and this match will definitely be one of intrigue to see if Maria Sakkari can carry her form over from the clay and get things rolling with a clean win over Arantxa Rus. She’s definitely the heavy favorite, being ranked over 70 spots higher than her opposition, as well as great results in general on the WTA Tour this year, not just on the clay. I expect her to get a quick win under her belt and carry the momentum to make a great run at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Maria Sakkari and Arantxa Rus have met two times before, with Maria Sakkari leading the head to head 2-0. Their latest meeting was the 2021 Miami Open, just 4 months earlier. While the players haven’t played so much that they know each other’s games inside and out, they should be relatively familiar and know what to expect. This is another reason that I think Maria Sakkari will be able to sweep through her first-round match and move on to the Round of 64 at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Maria Sakkari to win in 2 sets.
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