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The 2013 Cincinnati Open champion, Victoria Azarenka will face Donna Vekic is the second round of the tournament.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Donna Vekic vs Victoria Azarenka – match predictions
Victoria Azarenka is past her prime but as a former Cincinnati Open champion, she definitely looks like a contender. In the second round, Azarenka will play against a familiar face Donna Vekic.
Victoria Azarenka to win
This is a tough match to predict with both players having many ups and downs this season. Azarenka played much better in the opening round defeating former world No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova while Vekic barely went past world No. 432 Jennifer Brady. Both players will have their chance in the match and Azarenka’s experience will make the difference and take her to the next round in Cincinnati.
Over 21.5 games
The previous three matches between these two players finished in straight sets and it is about time to watch a decisive set between them. They both went over this margin in their opening round matches despite playing only two sets, which is another reason why this one will go over 21.5 games in total.
Donna Vekic vs Victoria Azarenka preview
The former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is considered the favorite in the second round of the Western & Southern Open against Donna Vekic.
Donna Vekic is currently 22nd in the rankings, three spots lower than her career-high. The Croatian is 31-14 for the season and 16-4 on hard surface.
She is coming off a 7-6, 7-5 win over Jennifer Brady in the opening round. Her best result in Cincinnati was the quarterfinal in 2019.
Her best results this season is winning in Monterrey and reaching the final in Berlin.
Victoria Azarenka is currently 18th in the ranking. The 34-year-old is 19-14 for the season and 13-8 on hard surface.
In the opening round in Cincinnati, the former world No. 1, won 6-3, 7-5 against Barbora Krejcikova.
Her best result this season was the semifinal at the Australian Open where she lost to Elena Rybakina 7-6, 6-3.
Azarenka made her debut in Cincinnati in 2009, and four years later, she won the tournament defeating Serena Williams in the decisive tiebreak.
Donna Vekic vs Victoria Azarenka head to head
Azarenka leads 3-1 against Vekic in their previous head to head matches, and it is a fun fact that two of those three matches were played at the Cincinnati Open. In 2020, Azarenka won 6-2, 6-3 in the opening round and the previous year, Vekic won 6-2, 7-5 in the second round. In 2019, they faced in the round of 16 in San Jose where Azarenka won 6-4, 6-3.
Donna Vekic vs Victoria Azarenka match details
- When will the match between Vekic vs Azarenka be played? The match is scheduled for August 16 at 23:30 GMT.
- Who is the favorite in the match between Vekic vs Azarenka? Given the odds, Azarenka is a slight favorite to win this match.
- What is Victoria Azarenka’s best result at the Western & Southern Open? The player from Belarus won the Cincinnati Open in 2013.
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