Maria Sakkari vs Irina-Camelia Begu Prediction and Odds: Mutua Madrid Open 2023

A place in the semifinals of the Madrid Open 2023 will be up for grabs when Maria Sakkari and Irina-Camelia Begu go head-to-head in the quarterfinals. Sakkari, known for her aggressive style of play, will be hoping to overpower Begu with her big hitting. However, Begu’s excellent court coverage and tenacity could prove to be a challenge for Sakkari.

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Maria Sakkari vs Irina-Camelia Begu – Match Predictions

Maria Sakkari to Win

Despite being the lower-ranked player, Irina-Camelia Begu has been causing quite a stir in Madrid and has won all of her matches in straight sets. However, she faces a tough challenge in the form of Maria Sakkari, who has been in sensational form this season and holds a top 10 ranking. Sakkari will be eyeing another semi-final journey after making it to the Indian Wells last four. She also holds a 2-1 record against Begu and will feel confident in her abilities to add to her win column. Based on current form and experience, Sakkari should be favoured to win.

Over 21.5 Games

Maria Sakkari has faced Irina-Camelia Begu twice in her career and both times, the match went to three sets. Sakkari’s ability to fight back and play the long game was evident in her win over Rebeka Masarova earlier in this tournament, as well as in Indian Wells where she won four matches in three sets. On the other hand, Begu has had two straight sets wins so far in the Madrid Open. While Begu is playing at her best, Sakkari’s tenacity and experience in winning in tight matches make her a formidable opponent. Both players will fight tooth and nail, which should see them extend their time on the court. Based on this, we are backing to see over 21.5 Games in this fixture.

Maria Sakkari vs Irina-Camelia Begu Preview

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in this tournament.

Maria Sakkari

Maria Sakkari, the 9th-ranked tennis player in the world, defeated Paula Badosa in a 90-minute match to advance to the quarterfinals in Madrid. Sakkari has reached the quarterfinals in every tournament this season and has converted each one into a semifinal appearance. Despite reaching seven semifinals since last year, she has yet to win a second career title. This is the furthest she has ever advanced in Madrid, having previously lost in the qualifying or first round in four of her six appearances.

Irina-Camelia Begu

Irina-Camelia Begu staged a comeback to win her last-16 match against Liudmilla Samsonova and claim her biggest clay court win since 2018. This victory ended her 10-match losing streak against the top 20 players on clay. Begu is now in the quarterfinals of Madrid for the third time, having been stopped previously by Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep. She has already won as many matches in this year’s clay swing as the first three months of hard-court tennis and seeks her biggest semifinal since Rome in 2016.

Maria Sakkari vs Irina-Camelia Begu Head to Head

This is the fourth meeting between Sakkari and Begu on the WTA tour. Begu won their first exchange while Sakkari was the victor in the next two.

  • 12/02/22 Maria Sakkari won 2-1 (WTA St Petersburg, Indoor Hard)
  • 21/09/18 Maria Sakkari won 2-1 (WTA Seoul, Hard)
  • 23/03/16 Irina-Camelia Begu won 2-0 (Miami Open, Hard)

Maria Sakkari vs Irina-Camelia Begu Match Details

Maria Sakkari

  • When will this match start? This match starts not before 19:00 GMT on 2 May.
  • What is the prize money for Madrid Open? WTA Madrid Open’s total prize money stands at €7,705,780.
  • Where can I watch Madrid Open 2023 in the UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom

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