Anett Kontaveit vs Shelby Rogers: 2023 WTA Abu Dhabi Open Preview, Schedule, Date, Form Guide, Head to head, Live Streaming

Anett Kontaveit and Shelby Rogers will take on each other in the round of 16 of the 2023 WTA Abu Dhabi Open on February 8.

Anett Kontaveit in a file photo (image: twitter)
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World No. 23 Zhang Shuai pushed Anett Kontaveit to the limit in a challenging first round that lasted two hours and 21 minutes. She defeated the veteran, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, relying on 40 winners and 10 aces at the expense of 32 unforced errors. The second set was particularly tense because she almost blew a 5-2 lead. After a 1-3 trip through Australia, during which she only succeeded in defeating Julia Grabher, the world’s No. 85, in Melbourne, she arrived in Abu Dhabi. The fact that the former world number two hasn’t advanced past the quarterfinals of a WTA 250 tournament since Doha and Stuttgart in early 2022 is a sign of her problems with injuries and Covid.

Vera Zvonareva and Magdalena Frech were eliminated from the qualifiers by Shelby Rogers, who then shocked Leylah Fernandez, a former US Open finalist, in the first round in two hours and 20 minutes. The American won 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 despite being forced into a decider because she didn’t drop her serve and held all four breakpoints. The 30-year-old has struggled over the past few months as he has only achieved one quarterfinal-level performance since the conclusion of the grass-court season in 2017. She only lost once, to Daria Kasatkina, after defeating Maria Sakkari, Bianca Andreescu, and Veronika Kudermetova in San Jose on home soil.

Match facts

Shelby Rogers vs Anett KontaveitMatch details
DateFebruary 8, 2023
SurfaceHard courts
TournamentAbu Dhabi Open
StageRound of 16
Time (India)8:30 pm
Time (Abu Dhabi)7 pm

Form Guide

Shelby Rogers

Leylah Fernandez6-4, 6-7, 6-1 (W)
Magdalena Frech1-6, 6-3, 6-4 (W)
Vera Zvonareva6-2, 6-3 (W)
Aryna Sabalenka6-3, 6-1 (L)
Arianne Hartono6-4, 6-3 (W)

Anett Kontaveit

Zhang Shuai4-6, 7-6, 6-4 (W)
Magda Linette6-3, 3-6, 4-6 (L)
Julia Grabher6-2, 6-3 (W)
Paula Badosa6-4, 6-3 (L)
Zheng Qinwen6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (W)

Head to head

2-1 is Anett Kontaveit’s advantage. She prevailed in their first two meetings, which occurred in Auckland in 2014 and Wimbledon in 2019, five years apart. Following a straight-set victory at the 2021 Australian Open, Shelby Rogers reduced the deficit. The Estonian, who advanced to the WTA 1000 final in Doha last year, needs to be on guard.

2021 Australian OpenShelby Rogers6-4, 6-3
2019 WimbledonAnett Kontaveit0-6, 6-3, 4-6
2013 Auckland OpenAnett Kontaveit6-1, 6-2

Anett Kontaveit vs Shelby Rogers date

Anett Kontaveit and Shelby Rogers will take on each other in the round of 16 of the 2023 WTA Abu Dhabi Open on February 8.

Live Streaming details

Australia – beIN Sports

Canada – TVA & DAZN

UK – Amazon Prime Video

US – Tennis Channel

All ATP and WTA Tour level matches can be viewed on demand on the Tennis TV website and app.



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