TennisSection previews the 2021 WTA Finals as Aryna Sabalenka takes on Maria Sakkari in the Round Robin stage on Monday, November 15th, 2021.
Will Aryna Sabalenka get the win? Will Maria Sakkari pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have two players aiming to make the semifinals of the 2021 WTA Finals. Who will secure their last win to ensure a place in the last four?
Aryna Sabalenka has been playing some alright tennis, certainly not up to par with what she would have hoped to be playing, being the number two seed and having a good enough season to still be ranked so high. She has a tough one coming up against Maria Sakkari, and it will most certainly be a tough one, as Sakkari has been playing better than her this week, but Sabalenka certainly has the number over her in their head to head and has the experience and ranking to back her up. Let’s see if Sabalenka can just push past Sakkari to book her spot in the semifinals at the 2021 WTA Finals.
Maria Sakkari has been playing some solid tennis this week, she suffered a tough loss to the champion of the group by far in Paula Badosa, but it was a tight two sets, while other opponents have been blown away by her. This is definitely a good sign, as Sakkari also blew past Swiatek, whilst her opponent come Monday in Aryna Sabalenka needed three sets to deal with Swiatek and got destroyed by Badosa as well. So while Sakkari is not the favorite, seeing as the head to head is really poor for her, as well as the ranking, she’s just been in better form this week, so I think she will pull off the upset in a tight match to book her place in the semifinals at the 2021 WTA Finals.
Aryna Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari have met five times before, with Aryna Sabalenka leading the head to head 4-1. Their meetings go back to 2019, with Sakkari winning their first one and not having been able to win one match since then. One thing that also favors Sabalenka is the fact that their last few meetings have been on faster courts which is what they’re playing on today. However, the form that Sakkari has been in is superior and evident enough to place her as the player to bet on as she aims to pull off the upset over number 2 seed Sabalenka and progress to the final four of the 2021 WTA Finals.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Maria Sakkari to win in 3 sets.
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