Aryna Sabalenka,of Belarus, returns a shot to Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, during the semifinals of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Fifth seed Iga Swiatek will take on first seed Aryna Sabalenka in round robin play at the WTA Finals on Saturday, November 13th
This will be the first meeting between these two players
Continue below for odds, preview, and our best bet prediction ahead of the round robin match
Round robin player at the WTA Finals continues in Mexico as Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka go head-to-head in Group Chichén Itzá. Both players are making their singles debut here at the tournament. The two are set to take the court at 8:30 pm ET on Saturday night.
Both players lost their opening match at the tournament, and will look to regain some confidence, as one will have to win here. Sabalenka enters the match as the slight favorite at -138 odds, but Swiatek is right behind at +114.
Take a look below at the match odds, a breakdown of both players’ previous match, and what we might be able to expect from this one.
Iga Świątek vs Aryna Sabalenka WTA Finals Round Robin Odds
 Iga Swiatek
 Aryna Sabalenka
Odds as of November 12th at Fanduel.
Swiatek Loses Opener
The 20-year old opened her tournament up against the strong, aggressive Maria Sakkari. Heading into the match, Sakkari held a 2-0 head-to-head record against the young Polish star, having beat her twice this year already. Sakkari managed to add another win to that record, when she defeated Swiatek in straight sets, winning 6-2, 6-4.
Sakkari really outplayed Swiatek in this match, and it was quite similar to the two previous ones we saw happen between these two earlier in the year. A notable number would be that Sakkari managed a 96 win percentage when landing her first serves. In comparison to Swiatek’s 59 percent, that can be the difference in the match.
Iga Swiatek says she felt a different level of stress today because she’s been playing well in practice. When I got broken in the first set, the vibe on court totally changed.” Started to have flashbacks of her last two matches vs. Sakkari and couldn’t refocus.#AKRONWTAFinals pic.twitter.com/0hGChc0yXw
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) November 12, 2021
Visibly upset with how she played after the match, Swiatek was actually able to opt out of her in-person post-match press conference.
Swiatek has shown us that she can win big, against the best, but if the 20-year old wants to continue here in Mexico, she’ll have to find a way to regroup, and regroup quick.
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Sabalenka Loses Opener
Just like her next opponent, Sabalenka lost her opening match at the WTA Finals as well. She opened her tournament up against Paula Bodosa, who went on to defeat the No. 1 seed 6-4, 6-0.
Unlike Swiatek, Sabalenka was actually the one who came out strong, and put together a 4-2 lead. But she was unable to stop Badosa, as the Spaniard outplayed her in all aspects. Badosa went on to win the last 10 games in the match to secure the victory.
Sabalenka couldn’t find her serve for most of the match. She went on to record four aces, but the seven double faults she had hurt her.
Paula Badosa wins the last 10 (!) games, beats Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-0 at the WTA Finals.
That was very good from Paula and absolutely *horrendous* from Aryna. Good news for her she got another two matches…
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) November 12, 2021
Sabalenka will have to forget about her previous match and reset heading into Saturday against Swiatek. At this point, with both having lost their first, anyone has a chance to win this match.
Surprisingly, this is the first meeting between Swiatek and Sabalenka. The two’s head-to-head record currently sits at 0-0.
Iga Swiatek vs Aryna Sabalenka Head-to-Head Stats
Both Swiatek and Sabalenka will be hungry for a win after their tough losses.
These two are similar and different in many different ways when it comes to their tennis game. Both are aggressive, strong baseline players, but Sabalenka has a bit more power than Swiatek, but that can sometimes lead to a lot of unforced errors, as we’ve seen.
Swiatek likes to add a bit more variety to her style. You’ll see her utilize the front of the court and play up at the net more than Sabalenka in this match.
Mental toughness will be something to look for. Neither player was really able to showcase that in their previous match, and it shows that if an opponent can get under their skin, it can really affect the outcome of the match.
Neither player was expected to lose their first match, but the shock factor of Sabalenka losing could make her vunerable for another loss.
Best Bet: Swiatek (+114)