World number two Aryna Sabalenka faces the 13th-ranked Barbora Krejcikova in the fourth round of the 2023 ATP Miami Masters on Tuesday, March 28. Get the predictions and odds of this Aryna Sabalenka v Barbora Krejcikova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Aryna Sabalenka v Barbora Krejcikova Head to Head
There have been four previous meetings between these two players and Sabalenka has won three of them.
One of those wins came as recently as the Indian Wells Open two weeks ago where they had also faced off in the fourth round. Interestingly Krejcikova’s only win had come in Dubai earlier this year, where she overturned a first set bagel to make it past Sabalenka.
Sabalenka Toys with Bouzkova
Having gotten past Shelby Rogers in the second round of the competition with ease, Sabalenka did not waste a lot of time in defeating Marie Bouzkova in the third.
In a match that went on a mere 68 minutes, Sabalenka was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over her Czech opponent. Such was the one-sided nature of the contest that Sabalenka won 25 of her 30 first serve points, faced no break-points and got past her opponent’s serve on four occasions.
This made it Sabalenka’s 19th win for the season to go with a mere two defeats. She has already won a couple of tournaments including a Grand Slam and was a finalist at the Indian Wells Open two weeks ago.
What she has shown over and over this season and even more so in this tournament is those wins this year have been no fluke. What needs to also be said, however, is one of those two defeats for Sabalenka had come against Krejcikova, her opponent in this encounter.
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Krejcikova Eases Past Keys
It wasn’t the most straightforward of the first set wins for Krejcikova but she found her rhythm in the second to carve out a straight-set win over Madison Keys in their third round match.
The in-form Krejcikova who has risen from the world ranking of 30th this season to her current 13th, won 7-6 (4), 6-3 against Keys to enter round four. The match lasted an hour and 54 minutes.
The first set went to serve till the fourth game but Krejckova soon found herself going ahead a break in the fifth. She had a couple of set-points while serving for the set in the 10th game, squandered them and then pocketed the set off the fourth set-point.
She dropped her serve early in the second set, came back to level it at 3-3 and then had to save seven break-points in the seventh game. Krejcikova did that and then broke Keys en route her 15th win of the season. The Czech has lost just five matches.
Can Krejcikova make it two in two against Sabalenka?
Sabalenka v Krejcikova Prediction and Tip
This could turn out to be a keen tussle that goes into the third set. Sabalenka might find a way to win here though.
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