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Wozniacki vs Sabalenka tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Can Sabalenka reverse the result in WTA Montreal rematch of Eastbourne final?

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 9 Aug 2018
  • Caroline Wozniacki faces Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the Coupe Rogers on Thursday
  • Wozniacki vs Sabalenka is live from Montreal on Thursday at 2pm local/7pm BST
Caroline Wozniacki (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

In a rematch of the Eastbourne final, Caroline Wozniacki takes on the powerful young Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday after rain postponed the match originally scheduled for Wednesday.

Their clash in the Eastbourne final was an incredibly tight straight-sets victory for Caroline Wozniacki – can Aryna Sabalenka turn the tables on the Dane as the two face off for a place in the third round of WTA Montreal? The match was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday but due to rain, has been postponed to Thursday with the winner facing Elise Mertens in the third round later in the day.

Wozniacki with the Rogers Cup trophy in 2010  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Champion at the Rogers Cup (or Coupe Rogers, as it is when held in Montreal) in the same city eight years ago in 2010, Wozniacki – a two-time US Open finalist who has also won Indian Wells and New Haven, the latter numerous times – is an excellent player on North American hard courts and should have high hopes of this part of the season. Runner-up to Elina Svitolina 12 months ago in Toronto, the Dane returns in 2018 as (finally) a Grand Slam champion, having captured the crown at the Australian Open in January, and with a consistent 32-10 record on the season so far, highlighted by winning Eastbourne, finishing runner-up in Auckland and a semifinal appearance in Doha.

Wozniacki was among the numerous stars on both tours for whom Wimbledon was not as successful as they might have hoped: In the Dane’s case, she was ousted by Ekaterina Makarova, a superbly dangerous player who also took Wozniacki out of the US Open last year, in the second round. Wozniacki will have been pleased not to see Makarova’s name anywhere near hers in the draw.

Scheduled to appear at last week’s Citi Open in Washington, D.C., Wozniacki pulled out with a leg injury and there has been no real indication of whether she will be fit to play or not, except that at the time of writing her name still appears in the draw. 

Wozniacki’s fitness is an unknown which cannot be quantified at this point, but what is certain is that her first opponent in Montreal is a dangerous one.

Aryna Sabalenka (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)
Aryna Sabalenka drew the attention of many with the role she played in Belarus’s surprise run to the Fed Cup final in 2017, a season during which Sabalenka also reached her first WTA Tour final (she lost to Maria Sharapova in Tianjin) and climbed from world no. 146 to world no. 96. On just about everybody’s ‘players to watch in 2018’ list, Sabalenka has justified that inclusion: She started the season at world no. 73 and is already up to world no. 39. A quarterfinalist in Hobart, Shenzhen and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Sabalenka made her second International-level WTA final in Lugano (losing to Elise Mertens), but the biggest achievement of her year so far was undoubtedly her run in Eastbourne, where she beat Julia Goerges and Mertens, scored the first top-10 win of her career over Karolina Pliskova and ousted former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska to reach her first Premier final.

Wozniacki won that final, 7-5, 7-6(5), but it was an incredibly close-run thing, with Sabalenka serving for both sets and leading 4-1 in the second-set tie-break. The Belarusian fairly effortlessly overpowered Wozniacki and reeled off winner after winner in her trademark do-or-die style, but Wozniacki’s superb defense and above all her composure and experience made the difference (as well as a strong serving performance from the Dane). 

Sabalenka lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Mihaela Buzarnescu in three sets and lost to a player ranked outside the top 200 in San Jose last week, so the Belarusian was delighted to get her first win since Eastbourne against qualifier Ana Bogdan in three sets in the first round in Montreal.

‘This win was really important because in San Jose, I lost to a player ranked outside the top 250. I was starting to feel a lot of pressure from my side, and I wasn’t believing in myself as much. Now I’m back on the right track and I’m so happy,’ Sabalenka said.

Can she avenge her Eastbourne defeat to Wozniacki, or will the second seed’s class and experience win the day once more?

Wozniacki vs Sabalenka second-round tennis is live from Montreal on Thursday at 2pm local/7pm BST

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Wozniacki vs Sabalenka tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Can Sabalenka reverse the result in WTA Montreal rematch of Eastbourne final?

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