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Sabalenka vs Linette Pick – Tennis Predictions & Odds 1/26/23

Magda Linette vs Aryna Sabalenka
January 26, 2023 5:00 am EDT
The Line: Aryna Sabalenka / Magda Linette
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Magda Linette and Aryna Sabalenka meet Thursday in the 2023 Australian Open semifinals. Let’s preview this match and give out a pick and prediction.

Magda Linette Betting Preview

Linette is coming off a straight set win over Karolina Pliskova that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Linette won 73 percent of her first serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points. Linette won 70 percent of her total service points and converted on 3 of her 9 break points. Linette hit 3 aces and saved 3 of her 4 break points. Linette has won each of her last 8 sets and has dropped just one set this tournament overall. Linette looks to make her first career grand slam final appearance and her sixth final trip of her career. Linette looks to make her first final appearance overall since last year’s Chennai Open. Linette has won 8 of her last 10 matches on hard court.

Aryna Sabalenka Betting Preview

Sabalenka is coming off a straight set win over Donna Vekic that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Sabalenka won 70 percent of her first serve points and 35 percent of her second serve points. Sabalenka won 55 percent of her total service points and converted on 5 of her 13 break points. Sabalenka hit 9 aces and saved 12 of her 14 break points. Sabalenka has yet to drop a set this tournament and has won each of her last 9 matches overall. Sabalenka looks to make her first career grand slam final as she’s 0-3 in previous semifinal matches. Sabalenka looks to make her 20th final appearance overall and her second final of the year already. Sabalenka has won 9 straight matches on hard court.

Linette vs Sabalenka Match History

Sabalenka won both matches against Linette in straight sets. The most recent match was in the 2021 olympics, a match Sabalenka won in 15 games. The other meeting was 2018 Tianjin.

Randy’s Free Pick

There’s a path for Linette to win this match, as Sabalenka can be a bit wild at times, and she gave Vekic a ton of chances to break. If that carries over to this match, there’s a possibility at an upset. However, Sabalenka is the hottest player on the women’s side right now with 9 straight victories, and she has a clear edge in experience. That’s key once getting to the business end of these big tournaments. Sabalenka also had little trouble with Linette in past meetings. Look for Sabalenka to make her first grand slam final.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Aryna Sabalenka In Straight Sets

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