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Eastbourne 2022: Maria Sakkari vs Anhelina Kalinina preview, head-to-head, prediction, odds and pick | Rothesay International

Maria Sakkari (L) & Anhelina Kalinina
Maria Sakkari (L) & Anhelina Kalinina
Sudeshna Banerjee

Match Details

Fixture: (3) Maria Sakkari vs Anhelina Kalinina.

Date: 21 June 2022.

Tournament: Rothesay International Eastbourne 2022.

Round: Second round (Round of 32).

Venue: Eastbourne, United Kingdom.

Category: WTA 500.

Surface: Grass.

Match timing: Approx. 4.30 pm local time, 5.30 pm CET, 11.30 am ET, 9 pm IST

Prize money: $757,900.

Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | Canada - TSN | UK - Amazon Prime Video.


Maria Sakkari vs Anhelina Kalinina preview

Third seed Maria Sakkari will begin her quest for the Eastbourne title against World No. 36 Anhelina Kalinina on Tuesday, June 21.

After an underwhelming campaign at Roland Garros that saw her suffer a second-round exit, Sakkari has bounced back strongly on grass. The Greek made the quarterfinals in Nottingham and went one better in Berlin to reach the semifinals.

Through to a maiden semifinal on grass ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท @mariasakkari records her first victory over Kasatkina to advance in Berlin!#bett1open https://t.co/IkNAgrBtHy

There, the World No. 5 was involved in a grueling battle with Belinda Bencic for more than three hours before going down 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4.

Sakkari will hope to continue her encouraging run on grass as she now begins her challenge at the Rothesay International.

Anhelina Kalinina strikes the ball at the 2022 French Open
Anhelina Kalinina strikes the ball at the 2022 French Open

25-year-old Kalinina, meanwhile, has been making her presence felt on the tour this year. Her best performances of the season have so far been quarterfinal finishes in Charleston and Madrid.

The Ukrainian, however, has struggled to find her feet on grass. She managed to win a grand total of just one match in two tournaments prior to arriving in Eastbourne.

In all honesty I was surprised Sori didn't withdraw before the match. She played a long hard SF in Birmingham yesterday, then had to travel to Eastbourne to play today. She gave it a real shot, but just wasn't recovered. Anhelina Kalinina defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 2-1 Retired. https://t.co/HGA3cqcIQP

At the Rothesay International on Monday, Kalinina made a strong start against Birmingham semifinalist Sorana Cirstea, who retired with the Ukrainian leading 6-0, 2-1.


Maria Sakkari vs Anhelina Kalinina head-to-head

Sakkari and Kalinina have never met on the tour before, so their head-to-head is currently tied at 0-0.


Maria Sakkari vs Anhelina Kalinina odds

PlayerMoneylineHandicap BetsTotal Games (Over & Under)
Maria Sakkari-400-4.5 (-122)Under 20.5 (-121)
Anhelina Kalinina+300+4.5 (-104)Over 20.5 (+100)

(All odds are sourced from Oddschecker)


Maria Sakkari vs Anhelina Kalinina prediction

Sakkari in action at the 2022 bett1open
Sakkari in action at the 2022 bett1open

Sakkari and Kalinina will be heading into this clash in contrasting grasscourt form. While the Greek made her maiden semifinal on the surface last week, Kalinina is yet to win consecutive matches on grass this year.

Sakkari hasn't had great results on grass in the past, with her best showing at Wimbledon being a couple of trips to the third round. But she has gradually been gaining in confidence on the slick surface, as evident from her results this season.

Her face-off with Bencic in Berlin was a classic that saw some fabulous shotmaking from both players. Sakkari's hard-hitting groundstrokes and her frequent forays into the net kept her in contention until her serve let her down towards the end of both the second and third sets.

That is one area the World No. 5 needs to work on if she wants to make it deep at Eastbourne as well as Wimbledon. She produced nine aces against Bencic, but those were offset by eight double faults and a low 52% first serve percentage.

Kalinina is good at attacking her opponents' second serve, so Sakkari definitely needs to put in an improved display on serve. The Ukrainian also has an aggressive playing style with which she would look to extend the rallies against her much-fancied opponent.

However, most of Kalinina's success has so far come on clay and she is relatively inexperienced on grass. Adjusting to the pace of Sakkari's shots on such a fast surface could take some time.

If she has a slow start and gives up an early break of serve, she might find it difficult to get back into the match.

Pick: Maria Sakkari to win in straight sets.


Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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