Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021 Match Preview, Head-To-Head, and Prediction

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka

World No.10 Aryna Sabalenka continues her winning streak at the 2021 WTA season curtain rising event Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open. However, the 22-years-old Belarusian will face World No.19 Elena Rybakina in the quarter-final clash on Monday.  

Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina: Preview

Followed by back-to-back straight-set victories against Polona Hercog and Ajla Tomljanovic, fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka locked horns with Tunisian No.1 Ons Jabeur in a third-round match. 

Having lost a third-round match at the 2020 French Open, Sabalenka avenged Jabeur without a set down (6-2, 6-4) in their second meeting, and extended her winning streak to 12 consecutive matches.

Belarusian won nearly 77% of first service points in an hour and seven minutes match and saved ⅓ of breakpoints. Sabalenka made six double faults and served an ace while Ons Jabeur did three and four. 

On the other hand, Elena Rybakina overcame Lucrezia Stefanini and Xiyu Wang during her first two encounters in the straight sets.  

For a quarter-final place, the 21-years-old Kazakh met Daria Kasatkina for the second time in her career at the 2021 WTA season beginning tournament. 

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While defeated by Kasatkina in the first meeting at the 2020 Ostrava Open, Elena Rybakina paid back 23-years-old Russian by a scoreline of 6-3, 6-4.

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina

Meanwhile, Rybakina won an equal percentage(77) of service points in the first and second sets and fired four aces against Kasatkina, who made five double faults. 

Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina: Preview

Despite both of them on the WTA tour for almost five years, They have faced each other once. At the 2019 Wuhan Open, Sabalenka took three sets to steer past Rybakina.  

Aryna Sabalenka vs Elena Rybakina: Prediction 

Even though two of them have impressive records in the last year’s Middle East swing, the upcoming match will be tough for both parties.  

Belarusian and Kazakh can hit the powerful serves while there is a chance they can pour plenty of aces in this match.  

Although Aryna Sabalenka leads Elena Rybakina to hit double faults, a top ten player has a little more chance to win the battle than a top twenty player. 

Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in three sets.  

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Published : 6:11 PM, Sun, 10 January 2021

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