Destanee Aiava vs. Aryna Sabalenka
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 11, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
D. Aiava +400 / A. Sabalenka -599
Belarusian tennis player, Aryna Sabalenka will be playing at the 2019 WTA Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in the Netherlands. She will begin her campaign against Australian teenager, Destanee Aiava.
Destanee Aiava has not been in good form lately as she has struggled in ITF tournaments. Since the start of April, Aiava has only won 4 matches and she has regularly been failing to qualify for ITF tournaments. The last successful tournament for Destanee Aiava was in March where she won the ITF ACT International in Canberra, Australia. Entering the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships seems like a massive jump for Destanee Aiava and she is likely to struggle as she is playing against the number 2 seed in the opening round.
On the other side of the court, Aryna Sabalenka enters this tournament after a poor French Open campaign where she was eliminated in the second round. It was a shock to see Sabalenka losing so early at Roland Garros as she had been in decent form throughout the clay court season. Aryna Sabalenka made the semifinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg prior to arriving in Paris. That being said, the tour has moved onto the grass court season and this should suite Sabalenka. Sabalenka is one of the most powerful tennis players of the WTA tour and the grass courts aid her power. Aryna Sabalenka made the final of the Eastbourne International last season which shows her ability on grass. It is fair to suggest that this is an easy first round for Aryna Sabalenka as she is playing against an opponent who has been struggling on the ITF circuit.
Aryna Sabalenka and Destanee Aiava have not played each other in the past.
Looking at the two players, Aryna Sabalenka has more experience, more success, and more skills than Destanee Aiava. Destanee Aiava looks to be out of place in this tournament and I see her struggling. With that in mind, I am picking Sabalenka to win in straight sets.