Aryna Sabalenka vs. Anett Kontaveit
|Date & Time||Saturday September 29, 2018, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Anett Kontaveit and Aryna Sabalenka meet in the final of the 2018 tennis Wuhan Open.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a straight sets win over Qiang Wang that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 75 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit was in complete control of the match and Wang retired early in the second set. Kontaveit ended up winning 62 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on seven break points. Kontaveit has now won nine of her 11 sets in this tournament and gives herself a great chance at the title if she can continue getting 60-plus percent of her first serves in play. Kontaveit hopes to win the second title of her career and first since the 2017 Rosmalen Championships. Kontaveit is 1-2 in career final appearances and lost her only final appearance on hard court. Kontaveit has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Aryna Sabalenka is coming off a straight sets win over Ashleigh Barty that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Sabalenka won 84 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Sabalenka won 69 percent of her total service points, hit nine aces and saved three of her four break points. Sabalenka has won 10 of 12 sets this tournament and seems to be getting more consistent with her serve as of late. With wins in 13 of her last 15 matches overall, it’s safe to say we’re seeing the 20-year-old Sabalenka start to come into her own, and she will be a player to keep a close eye on heading into next year, as she hopes to become a top-10 player in the near future. Sabalenka has a chance to win her second title of her career and first since this years Connecticut Open. Sabalenka is 1-3 in career final appearances and 1-1 in final appearances on hard court. Sabalenka has won eight of her last nine matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Sabalenka has simply been on a tear the last couple of months and it’s to the point I’m not betting against her. While Kontaveit has a rest advantage due to a short semifinal, Sabalenka has been lights out with her serve and just made light work of another hot player in Barty. Sabalenka has all areas of her game working right now and shouldn’t be a player you’re looking to get in front of. Sometimes it’s just that simple.
Sabalenka wins her second title of the year.