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Aryna Sabalenka vs Ann Li Predictions & Tips - Ann Li deserves respect at the Australian Open

  • Aryna Sabalenka vs Ann Li predictions for Friday’s Australian Open match
  • The third round clash is being played at 12am GMT at Melbourne Park
  • Aryna Sabalenka has won 17 of her last 18 matches
  • I am backing Ann Li with the +5.5 games handicap after winning 13 of her last 14 matches
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Mat Marshall 10 Feb 2021
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Aryna Sabalenka vs Ann Li Predictions


Aryna Sabalenka faces a danger match against one of the rising stars in women's tennis. I am backing Ann Li with the +5.5 games handicap.

  • Aryna Sabalenka has won 17 of her last 18 matches.
  • Aryna Sabalenka has won in straight sets in 12 of her last 15 matches.
  • Aryna Sabalenka has won 3 of her last 4 tournaments.
  • Ann Li has won 13 of her last 14 matches.

Head to Head


This will be the first singles match between Aryna Sabalenka and Ann Li.

Aryna Sabalenka and Elis Mertens beat Ann Li and Bernarda Pera 6-2 6-4 in doubles at the 2020 WTA New York Round of 32.

Aryna Sabalenka Stats


Nationality: Belarus
Age: 22 (5 May 1998)
Height: 5'11" (182cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 7
Career High: 7 (January 2021)
Career Singles Titles: 9
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Third Round (2019)

Aryna Sabalenka Form


Aryna Sabalenka has been in fantastic form and reached a career high World No. 7 in January. 

She won the J&T Banka Ostrava Open in October, Upper Austria Ladies Linz in November and the Abu Dhabi WTA Women's Tennis Open in January. 

The 7th seed failed at the Gippsland Trophy last week, falling 1-6 6-2 1-6 to Kaia Kanepi in the first round. The loss broke Sabalenka’s 15 match winning streak.

Sabalenka bounced back by beating World No. 97 Viktoria Kuzmova 6-0 6-4 in round one of the Australian Open. She took on former World No. 10 Darya Kasatkina in the second round, winning 7-6 6-3.

Ann Li Stats


Nationality: USA
Age: 20 (26 June 2000)
Height: 5' 7" (170cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 69
Career High: 69 (February 2020)
Career Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Second Round (2020)

Ann Li Form


Ann Li reached the US Open third round, beating Arantxa Rus and World No. 20 Alison Riske before falling to Angelique Kerber.

The 20-year-old returned to the USA and won an ITF event in Texas. Li beat Greetje Minnen 7-5 7-5 in the semi-finals before a 7-5 1-6 6-3 win against Marta Kostyuk in the final.

Ann Li showed some strong form at the Grampians Trophy last week. She beat Veronika Kudermetova, Sorana Cirstea and World No. 24 Jennifer Brady before the final against Anett Kontaveit was called off.

The young American continued that form into the Australian Open. Li crushed World No. 35 Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-0 and beat Alize Cornet 6-2 7-6 in the second round.

Live Stream


Aryna Sabalenka and Ann Li meet in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday (12.00am GMT scheduled start).

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Verdict

This is a danger match for Aryna Sabalenka. She should ultimately have more power than Ann Li and advance, but I am siding with the underdog who will be a player to watch in 2021.

Best Bet: Ann Li +5.5 Games Handicap @-136.99 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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