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Charleston 2021: Sofia Kenin vs Lauren Davis preview, head-to-head & prediction | Volvo Car Open

Sofia Kenin with the the 2020 WTA Player of the Year award
Sofia Kenin with the the 2020 WTA Player of the Year award
Namit Kumar
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Modified 07 Apr 2021
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Match details

Fixture: (2) Sofia Kenin vs Lauren Davis

Date: 7 April 2021

Tournament: Volvo Car Open 2021

Round: Second round (Round of 32)

Venue: Charleston, United States

Category: WTA 500

Surface: Green clay

Match timing: Approx. 12 pm local time, 9.30 pm IST

Prize money: $823,000

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Sofia Kenin vs Lauren Davis preview

Sofia Kenin was undoubtedly the best WTA player last year, during which she picked up the Australian Open title and finished as the runner-up at Roland Garros. But the American has failed to replicate that form in 2021 so far, to say the least.

After getting her season off to a solid start with back-to-back quarterfinals in Abu Dhabi and Melbourne, Kenin bowed out of the Australian Open in the second round to Kaia Kanepi. She subsequently lost her first-round encounter at the Phillip Island Trophy against Olivia Gadecki.

The 22-year-old returned to the tour in Miami, where she got through a tense first-round match against Andrea Petkovic before bowing out in the second round to Ons Jabeur. Kenin now takes on compatriot Lauren Davis in her first match on clay this year.

Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis
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Davis has had a woeful time on court since the tour restarted last August. The American was on an eight-match losing streak that lasted nearly six months before she got her first tour-level win of the year in Guadalajara. Davis made it to the quarterfinals in the Mexican city, after starting in qualification.

The 27-year-old was in Miami last week, where she lost in the first round against Kaia Kanepi. But she has now picked up a confidence-boosting first-round win over Madison Brengle here in Charleston, to set up the match against Kenin.

Sofia Kenin vs Lauren Davis head-to-head

The second round encounter in Charleston is the third professional meeting between Sofia Kenin and Lauren Davis, and their head-to-head is currently tied at 1-1.

Each of the pair's previous meetings has come on American soil. While Kenin defeated her compatriot in their first meeting at US Open 2017, Davis got the better of the World No. 4 in their last meeting - at the 2019 Washington Open.

Sofia Kenin vs Lauren Davis prediction

Although a bit rusty, Sofia Kenin comes into the second-round encounter against Lauren Davis as the on-paper favorite given her superior record and ranking.

Kenin has had her share of injury concerns this year, and is still looking to get back to full match sharpness. However, her movement on the court is still one of the best on the tour, and she possesses a quick-strike style of play that translates well to every surface.

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Sofia Kenin
Sofia Kenin

Davis on her part will look to take advantage of Kenin's rustiness in Charleston. The 27-year-old's power and movement make her a real threat on clay. She also uses her strong and reliable backhand as an efficient weapon to put pressure on her opponents from the baseline.

Kenin will have the mental advantage in this contest. But if she is unable to stay sharp and keep her error count low, Davis could make things tough for her.

Prediction: Sofia Kenin to win in three sets.

Published 06 Apr 2021, 19:47 IST
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