Number 11 seed, Aryna Sabalenka will play her third-round match against Amanda Anisimova from the United States.
Amanda Anisimova has had a very strong start to the 2019 season as the American made the quarterfinals of the WTA Auckland Open prior to this event. At the age of only 17, Anisimova has impressed the tennis world as she beat the number 17 seed in her previous match. Amanda Anisimova won her previous match in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Anisimova as she only lost 2 games in the entire match. During the win, Amanda Anisimova returned served exceptionally well as she won over 63% of her receiving points. Amanda Anisimova won 6 return games which allowed her to ease to victory.
On the other side of the court, Aryna Sabalenka also won her second-round match in straight sets. It was a solid win for Sabalenka as she won 3 return games while only losing 1 service game in the entire match. Aryna Sabalenka started the 2019 season in an incredible manner as she won the WTA Shenzhen Open. Heading into this match, Aryna Sabalenka looks in outstanding touch and with more experience than her opponent, she should feel confident about winning this fixture.
This will be the first time that Aryna Sabalenka and Amanda Anisimova will be playing each other at a WTA event.
This is not an easy match to predict as Amanda Anisimova has already proved me wrong twice in this tournament. That being said, I am going to side with Aryna Sabalenka to win this match. Anisimova lacks experience which is vital at this stage of a grand slam event. Sabalenka has won 3 WTA titles and she is much more accomplished than her opponent. Having just won the WTA Shenzhen Open, Aryna Sabalenka looks in good form. For that reason, I am picking Aryna Sabalenka to win.