August 19, 2022 12:27 PM
Adam Evans

Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang – Quarter-Final – Preview & Prediction | 2022 Western & Southern Open

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THE FACTS

When is Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang on and what time does it start? Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang will take place on Friday 19th August, 2022 – not before 20:30 (UK)

Where is Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang taking place? Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang will take place at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Ohio, USA

What surface is Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang being played on? Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang will take place on an outdoor hard court

Where can I get tickets for Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang

What channel is Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang on in the UK? Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang will be televised live on the Amazon Prime app on Smart TVs

Where can I stream Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang in the UK? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream Aryna Sabalenka vs Shuai Zhang live on Prime Video

THE PREDICTION

World number seven Aryna Sabalenka looks to be turning a corner, finally, this season after serving more aces than double faults against Shelby Rogers to overcome the American in three tight sets. Former world number two Sabalenka takes pride in her world-beating, all-powerful serve but she has seen and hopefully learned this season that her game can totally unravel without rhythm, a process that should end up making her a better player moving forwards. The Belarussian has still managed to reach two finals this season, losing to Iga Swiatek in Stuttgart and Ekaterina Alexandrova in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, but is she can put in another display like yesterday she could be en-route to another in Cincinnati. World number 44 Shuai Zhang is an uber-consistent brick wall of a player and she will have to play her best, most measured tennis to try and frustrate Sabalenka into making mistakes.

The 33-year-old has beaten Naomi Osaka, the aforementioned Alexandrova, and world number two Anett Kontaveit this week for one of her best runs in recent times but Sabalenka has won each of their last three meetings in straight sets, including this season at the Italian Open. The sensible option is backing Sabalenka to win at least a set, whilst the riskier pick is backing Shuai Zhang to win at least one herself. Leave Sabalenka’s matches out of an accumulator for the foreseeable future.

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