Sakkari vs Kontaveit: prediction for the WTA Ostrava match
Maria Sakkari beat Anett Kontaveit in two most recent head-to-head matches in 2021. Will Greek player record another victory in the final of Ostrava tournament on September 26?
In the previous year Maria Sakkari failed to reach the final at Ostrava. She was stopped in the semi-final by Victoria Azarenka (1:6, 3:6). Greek player found a way into the final in her second attempt and she will try to win that title. Sakkari failed to win a single title since 2019, despite an improvement in her performance. Moreover, in 2021 she failed to reach the final in any WTA tournament - five times she was beaten in the semi-final. Two times it happened at Grand Slam tournaments - in Wimbledon and in US Open.
Sakkari recorded confident victories in all three matches at Ostrava. In the first one she beat Ostapenko (6:4, 6:2) and didn't lose a single game at her serve.
Then she beat Martincova (7:5, 6:3) and Swiatek (6:4, 7:5). Sakkari put up a flawless performance at her serve - each of her opponents made only one break.
In the previous season Anett Kontaveit was eliminated in the round of 16 at Ostrava. Estonian player managed to improve her result this time, she reached the final. It will be the third final of WTA tournament for Kontaveit in this season. She was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko (3:6, 3:6) in the final of Eastbourne tournament. In the end of August she won a title at Cleveland, beating Irina-Camelia Begu in the final match (7:6, 6:4).
Kontaveit played four matches at Ostrava. She didn't lose a single set to her opponents, Cirstea, Badosa, Bencic and Kvitova. Estonian player was not as consistent at her serve as Sakkari. For example, Kontaveit lost four games at her serve. Bencic also did three breaks.
In seven out of ten most recent head-to-head matches this bet was successful
Only in one out of ten most recent head-to-head matches Sakkari and Kontaveit played more than nine games in the second set
There is no favourite in an upcoming final of WTA Ostrava tournament. Both players didn't lose a single set on their way to the final. But Maria Sakkari has an advantage on head-to-head matches, she already has two victories in 2021. Greek player also performed better at her serve during this tournament. In our opinion, Sakkari has more chances for a title.
Our prediction - Sakkari to win
Only in one out of many head-to-head matches opponents exchanged sets. Nine matches ended in two sets with a total under 21 games. We are not expecting a long match in the final.
Our second bet is on total under 21 games