Aryna Sabalenka vs. Alison Van Uytvanck
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 30, 2019, 2:30 AM (EST)|
St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy
Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Aryna Sabalenka and Alison Van Uytvanck meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis St. Petersburg.
Aryna Sabalenka is coming off a third round exit at the Australian Open and has won seven of her last nine matches overall. Sabalenka struggled with her second serve the last time we saw her, and it gave Amanda Anisimova too many chances to break and take control of the match in straight sets. We know the player Sabalenka is capable of being, and with some matches under her belt along with some disappointing showings, she should be eager for a bounce back performance in a tournament she’s more than capable of winning. Sabalenka just has to be more consistent with her serve if she’s going to make a title run in this tournament. Sabalenka has lost two of her last three matches on indoor hard court.
Alison Van Uytvanck is coming off a straight sets win over Kirsten Flipkens that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Van Uytvanck won 69 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Van Uytvanck won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her eight break points. Van Uytvanck entreated this tournament with losses in five of her last six matches, so a straight sets win has to feel good. If Van Uytvanck can continue getting 70 percent of her first serves in play, she’s capable of another win in this match. The concern is we haven’t seen any sort of consistency from Van Uytvanck, and she’s won back-to-back matches just once since Montreal. Van Uytvanck has won four of her last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Mallorca of last year, a match Van Uytvanck won in three sets. The match took 27 games to be decided.
Van Uytvanck is worth a look here based on her beating Sabalenka last year and the fact Aryna isn’t playing at her best this early in the season. The problem is it’s hard to get behind Van Uytvanck with her piling up the losses in every tournament she’s entered the last few months, and one win doesn’t change the whole outlook. Sabalenka has had a lot of time to regroup and should look at this tournament as a chance to do some damage.
Sabalenka should cruise in this match, likely in straight sets.