Monday, February 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Dubai)
Rising star, Amanda Anisimova, meets veteran of the game, Barbora Strycova in the first-round of the 2020 WTA Dubai Open.
Amanda Anisimova is one of the most exciting prospects for women's tennis in the future. Anisimova will one day be a Grand Slam champion and she will be the world number 1. Anisimova has so much natural talent and reminds us of a young Sharapova. Anisimova has nothing to lose and all to gain, and I strongly believe that 2020 will be her breakthrough year. Anisimova will want to gain as much experience and she is putting in a lot of hard work to make sure she can fulfil her potential.
Barbora Strycova is a veteran of the women's game. Strycova has played everyone in the game and she is very experienced on how to play different players. Strycova will want to make the most of her final years on the tour and she is more than capable of doing so. Strycova has an average 2019 season but she had some moments which saw her shine. Strycova was great at Wimbledon and she will want to find that form once again as she begins her Dubai Open campaign. Will she fall to the young star or will the veteran proceed?
This will be the second meeting between both players and Anisimova was the victor of that encounter. I see this match going the same way. Anisimova is the fitter player, she has more natural talent, and she has less pressure on herself. Anisimova has everything to gain and nothing to lose, she will come out and look to dictate play and make it far into the tournament.
Amanda Anisimova to win.