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Kaia Kanepi vs Aryna Sabalenka – Second Round – Preview & Prediction | 2022 US Open

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THE FACTS

When is Kaia Kanepi vs Aryna Sabalenka on and what time does it start? Kaia Kanepi vs Aryna Sabalenka will take place on Thursday 1st September, 2022 – not before 21:15 (UK)

Where is Kaia Kanepi vs Aryna Sabalenka taking place? Kaia Kanepi vs Aryna Sabalenka will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA

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

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

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

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

THE PREDICTION

World number six Aryna Sabakenka looks to be getting her so-far wayward game under control, finally, after what has been a torrid season for the former number two. The 24-year-old conceded just four games to Catherine Harrison on Tuesday to get a promising US Open campaign underway but she has a long way to go if she is to defend her vast amount of ranking points from last season’s run to the semi-finals here, where she lost in three sets to Leylah Fernandez. This looks a really tricky tie for the Belarusian against notorious giant-killer Kaia Kanepi, who has been enjoying some serious swansong form this season at 37 years old. The world number 34 was unlucky to miss out on a seeding after recently finishing runner-up to Liudmila Samsonova at the Citi Open but perhaps she prefers it this way after stunning the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and a certain Aryna Sabalenka at Grand Slams this season.

The Estonian beat Sabalenka in three sets at the Australian Open on her way to a three-set defeat to Iga Swiatek and she leads the 6th seed 2-0 in their head-to-head record. Sabalenka at 100% should be returning the favour here but the shrewd and sensible move looks to be taking Kanepi to win at least a set as the just-about likelier of two very capable victors.

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