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After many years without facing each other, the Australian Open 2023 once again pairs Lin Zhu vs Maria Sakkari. We will see if the Chinese player is able to level the series against her Greek rival.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Lin Zhu vs Maria Sakkari – Match Prediction
This match-up is likely to be totally different from the three previous head-to-head encounters. We do our own analysis to offer the right betting tips and other tennis predictions at the Australian Open 2023.
Maria Sakkari to Win 2-0
Taking into account the participation of Maria Sakkari in the United Cup, we deduce that as the Greek tennis player is in good physical condition, it is difficult for anyone to stop her. Our first prediction is that Sakkari will advance to the next round without losing a set.
The last time Lin Zhu competed against a top ten player the match lasted only one hour, as she lost in straight sets. Their only h2h also ended in two sets in Maria’s favour. All these facts support our Australian Open prediction.
Under 19.5 Total Games
Maria has already faced a player of the same nationality as her next opponent. In the first round, she beat Yue Yuan in straight sets, in fact, she only needed 17 games to win that American Open draw.
Coincidentally, 17 was the number of games in the only match between Zhu and Sakkari. The level of the Greek tennis player is above, so it is likely to resolve this duel quickly.
Lin Zhu vs Maria Sakkari Preview
Once we explained our Australian Open Predictions and odds, let’s take a look at the preview Australian Open results of each player.
Zhu has shown a lot of focus and character to handle his first two matches. In each of them, she had great Australian Open results. In both the first and second rounds, Lin Zhu had great performances and won in straight sets. Now the big challenge will be to beat a top player.
With Sakkari’s performance in the United Cup, we recognized that he prepared very well to have a better year than the previous one. In the first round, he converted 5 breakpoints to defeat Yuan. In the second round, she lost the first set to Schneider, but the Greek player turned the score around, winning the last two sets.
Zhu vs Sakkari Head to Head
It took more than 7 years for these two players to meet again for the second time in 10 years of professional careers. Coincidentally, the first time was also an Australian Open draw, on that occasion the Greek player took out Zhu in the first round.
Lin Zhu vs Maria Sakkari Match Details
- What is the schedule for this feature? The feature is scheduled at 10:15 GMT on Thursday, January 19th.
- Which is the place chosen for this match? The match will be played at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.
- Where to watch AO 2023 in UK? You can watch Australian Open on Eurosport broadcast and online, or stream it on Discovery