Sakkari vs Kontaveit: who will start with a win at Tokyo?
In the first round of the women's singles tennis tournament at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo Maria Sakkari will play against Anett Kontaveit on July 24. We offer our prediction and betting tips for that match.
In 2021 Maria Sakkari didn't win a single title. But Greek player managed to break into the Top-20 of the women's world rankings. She is having a stable and confident victory. Maria reached the semi-final on three WTA tournaments. Greek player also reached the semi-final of Roland Garros.
Since the start of the year Sakkari was beaten on the first round only on two tournaments. She played her most recent official match in the second round of Wimbledon. Back there she was unexpectedly beaten in a contested match by Shelby Rogers (5:7, 4:6).
Anett Kontaveit failed to hold on to her position in the Top-20 and is currently only at 28th position in the WTA rankings. Estonian player is not so consistent throughout the season. She has 19 victories and 10 defeats since the beginning of the season.
Kontaveit played her most recent matches on the grass in the end of July. She reached the final of Eastbourne tournament. But after that Anett was beaten in the first round of Wimbledon by Marketa Vondrousova (6:2, 4:6, 2:6).
In eight out of last nine head-to-head matches the winner was decided in two sets
In four out of last five head-to-head matches a total under 9.5 games was recorded
Sakkari and Kontaveit know each other pretty well. Opponents have already played nine head-to-head matches. So far Sakkari is ahead (5:4). In our prediction we are expecting the Greek player to take the victory in Tokyo. Maria is having a consistent season, she is able to play better on the crucial plays and to take the risk when it is needed.
Our prediction - Sakkari to win
Opponents are even on their level of performance and you may say that we can expect a tight clash. But the history of head-to-head matches is pushing us towards the bet on a total under. Only once in nine most recent head-to-head matches players exchanged sets.
Our second bet is on total under 21 games