Iga Swiatek, of Poland, serves to Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Maria Sakkari and Iga Swiatek are set to face each other in the round robin stage of the WTA Finals on Thursday
This will be the third career meeting, and third meeting this year for the two
Continue below for odds, preview, and our best bet prediction ahead of the match
The round robin stage of the WTA Finals continue on Thursday, November 11th. Maria Sakkari and Iga Swiatek are set to take to the court for their match at 3 PM ET. The two are competing in Group Chichen Itza.
The two have already faced each other twice this year, with Sakkari capturing both wins. Sakkari will look to extend that head-to-head record, while Swiatek will look get her first win over the Greek.
Check out the match odds, player previews, and our best bet predictions, here.
Maria Sakkari vs Iga Świątek WTA Finals Group Stage
Ov 21.5 (-120)
Un 21.5 (-115)
Odds as of November 10th at DraftKings.
Sakkari’s Breakthrough Season
Although she’s been unable to capture a title this year, and she’s the only one of the eight competing who hasn’t, Sakkari has had herself a breakthrough season.
The Greek made it to a fair share of final fours, including her first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open, followed up by a semifinal appearance at the US Open, as well as a handful of others.
Maria Sakkari spent 2021 re-writing the history books for Greek tennis to qualify for her 1st @WTAFinals.
Sakkari’s Road to Guadalajara: https://t.co/ASz626CIXN#AKRONWTAFinals pic.twitter.com/YWeyDAMBBm
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) November 7, 2021
The 26-year has also tallied up a total of seven Top 10 wins this season, which is the most by anyone competing in the WTA Finals. She is tied with Ashleigh Barty and Jessica Pegula with those seven wins.
Due to her impressive year, the Greek broke the Top 10 for the first time just in September, and has come into the WTA Finals with a career best ranking at No. 6. She opens her tournament up against Swiatek, who is no stranger to her this year, as they have already faced each other twice.
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Swiatek took the tennis world by storm in 2020, when she captured the title at the French Open. And despite not being able to follow it up with another Slam win in 2021, she is the only player who has reached at least the fourth round in all four Grand Slams in 2021.
Her deep runs at multiple tournaments this year earned her a spot in the WTA Finals, and she is the youngest player on tour to qualify this year at 20 years old.
🇵🇱 @iga_swiatek: Youngest 2021 singles qualifier 🤙
🇪🇸 @GarbiMuguruza: 10-1 record in Mexico 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/IcBeFNzU02
— wta (@WTA) November 9, 2021
Although she wasn’t able to win a Grand Slam this year, she still managed to capture two titles, the Adelaide International and the Italian Open.
Now, Swiatek hasn’t played a match since the fourth round of Indian Wells, where she lost in the fourth round to Jelena Ostapenko. She’ll look to find her momentum again as she opens up her WTA Finals tournament against Sakkari.
This will be the third meeting between Sakkari and Swiatek. Their two previous matches happened earlier this year, with their first meeting at the French Open, and their most recent one at the Ostrava Open. Sakkari went on to take both the matches in straight sets. In both meetings, Swiatek was the higher seed in the tournament.
Maria Sakkari vs Iga Swiatek Head-to-Head Stats
With Sakkari listed at -115 odds to win the match, and Swiatek listed at -110, it’s sure to be a close match. Both of these players have the ability to win, and this might end up being one of the tightest matches of the tournament.
Sakkari and Swiatek have a similar style of play. They are very all-court, aggressive from the baseline types of players. Sakkari is strong, very strong. Her baseline groundstrokes are hands down harder than Swiatek, but Swiatek is just as aggressive, but has a bit more variety in her game.
Neither player will be coming into this match on much of a high. As mentioned, Swiatek’s last match was a loss in the fourth round of Indian Wells, which was over a month ago at this point. Sakkari’s last match ended when she retired. After Indian Wells, Sakkari competed at the Kremlin Cup, and retired at 1-4 in her semifinal match.
So neither player will have momentum coming in, and this is both of their debut at the tournament. This is truly a well even match, and it’ll come down to who starts out stronger and takes control of the pace. Because of that, just look for the match to go the distance.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 sets (+145)