WTA Finals 2021: Aryna Sabalenka vs. Iga Swiatek Tennis Pick and Prediction
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WTA Finals 2021: Aryna Sabalenka vs. Iga Swiatek Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 WTA Finals as Aryna Sabalenka takes on Iga Swiatek in the Round Robin Stage on Saturday, November 13th, 2021.

Will Aryna Sabalenka get off the mark at the WTA Finals? Will Iga Swiatek bounce back from a tearful defeat to Maria Sakkari? Both players played well below their best in their first matches, leaving them to play catchup for the rest of the tournament. Who will win on Saturday?

Before a ball was struck at the 2021 WTA Finals, Aryna Sabalenka was instilled as the pre-tournament favorite ahead of the likes of Iga Swiatek, Anett Kontaveit and even Karolina Pliskova. But that has changed in the past 24 hours after the Belarusian was handed a total shellacking by Paula Badosa. If you adjusted your set after the first six games, you would barely believe it that the top seed lost so easily. Sabalenka began the match brightly, overpowering and outmaneuvering Badosa from the back of the court. She took a 4-2 lead with a break of serve. But in her next service game she was broken back despite holding three game points for a 5-2 lead. Remarkably, Sabalenka’s A-game went out of the window, and did not win another game in the match. Badosa would begin to unleash her accurate and measured groundstrokes, reeling off 10 straight games to close out the win.

Iga Swiatek, meanwhile, broke down in tears in the aftermath of her straight sets defeat to Maria Sakkari. The Greek completed the 6-2 6-4 dissection of the Pole in just 86 minutes to get her WTA Finals off to a winning start. Swiatek’s six double faults only told half the story. She was unable to constantly deprive Sakkari off time and space. Overall, the 20-year-old fashioned just two breakpoints in the match and failed to convert any, as Sakkari’s big delivery came up trumps when she needed it most. Now Swiatek will look to bounce back when she takes on Aryna Sabalenka in a mouthwatering Round Robin match.

Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek have never played each other at any level before this. Both players will come into this match low in confidence after their opening match capitulations. Swiatek seems to be dealing with a lot of emotional stress right now and might not be best placed to come up with a big performance. Sabalenka should pounce and get on the board.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka in 3 Sets.

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