Fixture: Aryna Sabalenka vs Katerina Siniakova
Date: 24 September 2020
Tournament: Internationaux de Strasbourg 2020
Venue: Strasbourg, France
Category: WTA International
Surface: Red clay
Prize money: €225,500
Match timing: Not before 4:30 pm CEST, 8:00 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel
Aryna Sabalenka vs Katerina Siniakova preview
Aryna Sabalenka, the fourth seed at Strasbourg, has had quite a solid start to the tournament. She beat Ellen Perez 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round, claiming just her second win on clay this year.
The Belarusian did have a bit of a scare against Anna Blinkova in the Round of 16, conceding the first set after just seven games, but she made a remarkable comeback to win 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Katerina Siniakova, on the other hand, is a surprise quarterfinalist at the tournament this year. She produced an excellent performance against No. 7 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Round of 16, clinching a clinical 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Siniakova had lost her first set of the contest against Bernarda Pera in the opening round, but then made a solid comeback to win 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-1.
A consistent doubles player, Siniakova made it to the quarterfinals at the Italian Open with partner Veronika Kudermetova last week. She has won one singles title on clay in her career so far, at the Swedish Open in 2017.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Katerina Siniakova head-to-head
Aryna Sabalenka and Katerina Siniakova have not faced off on tour so far. This will be their first meeting against each other, with the H2H currently tied at 0-0.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Katerina Siniakova prediction
Aryna Sabalenka's aggressive mindset and power-packed groundstrokes are her biggest strengths. She can dictate rallies from the back of the court with ease, and is also aided by a fairly consistent and accurate serve.
The Belarusian prefers to play on grass and hardcourt, but has had a fair bit of success on clay too. She had made it to the final of the the Lugano Ladies Open, an International-level claycourt event, back in 2018.
Even though she struggled in her last match, Sabalenka is still expected to have the edge against Siniakova. While the Czech has impressed with her court coverage and consistency in the tournament so far, she might find it a bit difficult to counter Sabalenka's considerably superior firepower off the ground.
Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in three sets.Published 24 Sep 2020, 00:21 IST