Aryna Sabalenka vs Elise Mertens
WTA Madrid 2021 - May, 5th 2021.
Closing odds - money line
A. Sabalenka vs E. Mertens - Point by Point
1Set 1 - Game 115-0, 15-15, 15-30, 15-40, 30-40, 40-40, A-40.1-0
2Set 1 - Game 215-0, 15-15, 15-30, 15-40.1-1
3Set 1 - Game 315-0, 30-0, 40-0, 40-15.2-1
4Set 1 - Game 40-15, 0-30, 15-30, 30-30, 40-30.3-1
5Set 1 - Game 515-0, 15-15, 30-15, 40-15, 40-30.4-1
6Set 1 - Game 60-15, 0-30, 15-30, 15-40, 30-40, 40-40, A-40.5-1
7Set 1 - Game 715-0, 30-0, 40-0.6-1
8Set 2 - Game 115-0, 30-0, 30-15, 30-30, 40-30.1-0
9Set 2 - Game 215-0, 15-15, 15-30, 30-30, 40-30, 40-40, 40-A, 40-40, A-40.2-0
10Set 2 - Game 30-15, 15-15, 15-30, 30-30, 40-30.3-0
11Set 2 - Game 415-0, 30-0, 30-15, 40-15.4-0
12Set 2 - Game 515-0, 15-15, 30-15, 30-30.4-0
FTFINAL SCORE1 - 061 40
A. Sabalenka vs E. Mertens Predictions (from BetzCenter's Experts)
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Battle of the Doubles Partners
Aryna Sabalenka is one of the most consistent players on the WTA circuit at present. The fifth seed has reached her fourth straight quarter final and takes on her doubles partner Elise Mertens for a place in the last four.
Sabalenka ended 2020 with two tournament wins and then won in Abu Dhabi in January of this year. The Belarusian didn't have much luck in Australia and then ran into an in-form Garbine Muguruza in both Qatar and Dubai. Since then, she's been ultra-consistent and it took three sets for Ashley Barty to beat her in the Miami Open last eight.
Switching to clay, Sabalenka beat Simona Halep on her way to the final in Stuttgart. Again she found herself up against Barty who won the final but again it took three sets to beat Sabalenka. It was a good start to the clay court season for a player who hasn't had a fantastic amount of success on the surface.
Before this week she'd never made it past the first round in Madrid. Making the quarter final is a big step forward for a player who in 2019 and 2020 won 11 and lost eight on clay. Before the final in Stuttgart, Sabalenka had only made one other appearance in a WTA Tour clay court final. That was three years ago and she was beaten by a certain Elise Mertens, so a bit of revenge is on the cards here.
Big Win for Mertens
Elise Mertens is seeded 13th and had a great win in the third round of the Madrid Open. Up against third seeded Simona Halep, she dropped the first set but then won the next two 7-5 7-5. This is her first time past the second round of the Madrid Open. Mertens has had two WTA Tour title wins in the past. Both were in 2018 when she won 16 of her 18 matches played on this surface. The Belgian also made it to the fourth round in Paris that year. That remains her best ever performance but she could well beat that this year.
Mertens has had one title win already in 2021. That came in the Gippsland Trophy right at the start of the year. Perhaps a fortunate title as she had a walkover against Naomi Osaka who withdrew from their semi final. Mertens got to the last four in Dubai and lost in the Istanbul final on April 25. That was her second tournament on clay this year, the other had seen her lose to Elize Cornet in Charleston.
This tournament has seen Sabalenka win three matches without dropping a set. Just 12 games have been lost and her last match, she defeated Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-2. Now she takes on Elise Mertens and has won four of her six matches against the Belgian. The most recent three encounters were in 2019 and 2020 with Sabalenka winning all three and for the loss of just one set. Sabalenka will be the favourite here but that was a good win for Mertens over Halep. Back Sabalenka to win but this could well go to three sets.