Victoria Azarenka vs Madison Keys Prediction and Odds: Italian Open 2023

Former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will face Madison Keys in the third round of the Italian Open. The American has also been among the top 10 but is far from her best shape at the moment.

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Victoria Azarenka vs Madison Keys – Match Predictions

Azarenka is picking up her form before the French Open and regardless of her average record this season, she is still a player that can beat anyone. Keys knows what she needs to do against her, so both players go into this one with equal chances.

Victoria Azarenka to win

Keys was very dominant in the last match against Azarenka but things will go the other way this time around. The American is not keen on playing on clay while Azarenka prefers that pace this late in her career. This will be a tough battle but the former No. 1 is the one to advance further.

Over 22.5 games

Both players are experienced and are eager to get back in the top 10 sooner than later. Keys has gained confidence after she defeated Azarenka earlier this year and the Belarussian would like to pay her back for that one. This will be a long match with both players having momentum at a certain point. All that will lead to many breaks and a match over 22.5 games.

Victoria Azarenka vs Madison Keys Preview

It’s been three years since Azarenka won her last title and she definitely has not given up on winning more trophies. She is not among the favorites in Rome but this match may give her the confidence that she is finally ready to go all the way in Rome.

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka is currently ranked 17th in the WTA rankings. The former world No. 1 is 13-9 for the season and 2-2 on clay. She performed well in the previous round in Rome defeating Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3. Last week, Azarenka lost the opener in Madrid, 2-0 to Alycia Parks. Her best result this season came at the Australian Open where she reached the semifinals losing to Elena Rybakina. Azarenka made her debut in Rome back in 2006 and had her biggest success reaching the final in 2013 where she lost to Serena Williams.

Madison Keys

Keys is ranked at No. 23 while her best ranking was at No. 7. The American is 15-6 for the season and 4-1 on clay. In the previous round in Rome, Keys defeated Magdalena French in straight sets. That was her first match in more than a month since she lost in the quarterfinals in Charlestone to Darya Kasatkina. That was her second quarterfinal this season after she reached the same stage in Dubai where she lost to Coco Gauff.

Victoria Azarenka vs Madison Keys Head to Head

Azarenka leads the head to head series 4-1 against Keys. The American won the last match, 6-2, 6-1, in Dubai this year. The only match between the two on clay took place at the French Open back in 2021, when Azarenka won 6-2,6-2.

2023 Rome Masters

Victoria Azarenka vs Madison Keys Match Details

  • Date and Time: The match will start on Saturday, May 13 (to be determined)
  • Venue: The match will be played on (to be determined)
  • Where to watch the match in UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom

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Marko is a former athlete who meanwhile got his law degree. He has followed basketball since the ‘90s and is very familiar with all levels of the game, from the NBA, and the NCAA, all down to European leagues and international competitions.