In the 2022 Italian Open semifinal, defending champion Iga Swiatek will lock horns with Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday 14th of May. Swiatek is ranked first in the world, while Sabalenka is placed eighth. Get the Swiatek vs Sabalenka live streaming options, as well as the match’s preview, head to head, prediction, and odds tips, right here.
Swiatek vs Sabalenka Match Details
- Tournament: 2022 Italian Open Semifinal
- Match: Swiatek vs Sabalenka
- Time: 6:00 am ET on Saturday, May 14
- Round: Semi-Final
- Venue: Center Court, Rome, Italy
- Surface: Claycourt
- Prize Money:€2,527,250
- Live telecast: USA – Tennis Channel, Sling TV | UK – Amazon Prime Video.
Aryna Sabalenka has won straight sets over world No. 42 Zhang Shuai and world No. 11 Jessica Pegula before upsetting Anisimova. Anisimova is in great form right now, so that was a fantastic win. The Belarussian did, however, suffer eight double faults against the American in that match, and she was broken five times during the three-setter. That might work against Anisimova, but not against the best player in the world.
After defeating world No. 32 Amanda Anisimova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, world No. 8 Aryna Sabalenka advances to the Italian Open semifinals, where she will meet world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. This will be their third match in 2022, with Swiatek winning the first two in straight sets. The most recent of those two meetings took place on April 24 in Stuttgart, and it was an indoor clay-court contest.
Iga Swiatek has had an incredible year, winning titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, and Stuttgart. The 20-year-old is now aiming for her fifth title of the season and her second consecutive medal in Rome. Iga Swiatek has been by far the greatest player on the WTA tour this season. She subsequently won her first WTA 1000 championship on hard courts in Doha and then accomplished the Sunshine Double by winning the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open, completing a hat-trick of WTA 1000 victories. She began her clay season with a title win in Stuttgart.
Swiatek ranks towards the top of the WTA in terms of return point percentage, winning 50.7 percent of the time. That implies the Polish superstar is skilled at coming away with breaks against anyone, which should be especially true against someone who is now suffering from the yips. In case you’re wondering, Swiatek broke Sabalenka four times in their previous match, and it was all she needed to do in a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Swiatek will be eager to return to the final after her tenth consecutive victory in the Italian city.
When is Swiatek vs Sabalenka?
- Date: Saturday, May 14
- Time: 6:00 am ET
Location of Swiatek vs Sabalenka:
- Venue: Centre Court, Grand Stand Arena in Rome, Italy
- Capacity: 8000
The Swiatek vs Sabalenka match will occur at the center court, Grand Stand Arena, Foro Italico.
Swiatek vs Sabalenka head-to-head
This will be the duo’s fourth meeting. Swiatek has a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Sabalenka. Their most recent meetings were earlier this year, and both were easy victories for the Pole. While the World No. 1 defeated the Belarussian 6-2, 6-3 in the Qatar Open quarterfinals, she defeated her in the Stuttgart summit match 6-2, 6-2.
- Iga Swiatek (POL): -560
- Aryna Sabalenka (BLR): +400
- Iga Swiatek (POL): -5.5 (-107)
- Aryna Sabalenka (BLR): +5.5 (-118)
- Iga Swiatek (POL): O 19.5 (-110)
- Aryna Sabalenka (BLR): U 19.5 (-115)
*All odds sourced from BetMGM
How to watch Swiatek vs Sabalenka?
- USA: In the United States, the match Swiatek vs Sabalenka will be aired on Tennis Channel and Sling TV.
- UK: UK fans can enjoy the Italian Open Semifinal via Amazon Prime Video.
- Canada: In Canada, the Swiatek vs Sabalenka Livestream is available on DAZN, TSN, and Rogers Sportsnet.
- Australia: All of the action of Swiatek vs Sabalenka will be broadcast live on beIN Sports in Australia.
- Italy: The match between Swiatek vs Sabalenka will be broadcast live on Sky Italia by the host country.
Swiatek vs Sabalenka Prediction:
Swiatek will enter the match as the clear favorite. She is now on a 26-match winning streak, and no one has come close to beating her.
Sabalenka’s best chance of beating the seemingly indestructible Swiatek is to serve well enough and limit her unforced errors. Even against Anisimova, she committed eight double faults and wasted five serves.
Sabalenka must find the lines precisely in order to keep the Pole on the defensive. However, doing it on a consistent basis versus Swiatek is a huge problem.
Despite a shaky start, Sabalenka’s ability to contain her anger from the second set onwards will give her confidence ahead of her clash with Swiatek. The Pole moves well on clay and isn’t afraid to change up her game when necessary. Although her serve can be inconsistent, Swiatek’s depth on the groundstrokes, combined with her diversity, gives her an advantage against Sabalenka.
Prediction: Iga Swiatek will defeat Sabalenka in straight sets.