The number 8 seed from Belarus, Aryna Sabalenka will begin her WTA Dubai Tennis Championship in the second round. At this stage of the tournament, Sabalenka will play against Ivana Jorović from Serbia.
Ivana Jorović had a solid win in the previous round as she beat Sara Errani in 3 sets. It was a close match where Ivana Jorović lost the opening set but fought back strongly to win the final 2 sets and the overall match. During the win, Jorović returned serve exceptionally well as she won 47% of her return points which allowed her to break Errani’s serve on 7 occasions. This is expected to be a much tougher match as Ivana Jorović is playing a much more accomplished and skilled player in Sabalenka.
Aryna Sabalenka received an opening round bye due to her high seeding. It has been a strong start to 2019 for Sabalenka as she won the Shenzhen Open in the first week of the season. Sabalenka continued her strong form at the St Petersburg Open where she made it into the final 4. Sabalenka is one of the hardest hitting players on the circuit and when she is playing with accuracy, she is almost impossible to stop. Considering her recent results, Sabalenka will enter this match full of confidence.
Ivana Jorović and Aryna Sabalenka have played twice in the past with Ivana Jorović having a 2-0 record against her opponent. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 where Ivana Jorović won in 3 sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Sabalenka to win this match. Over the past 12 months, Sabalenka has been a far superior player when compared to Ivana Jorović. Having recently won the Shenzhen Open, I see a confident Sabalenka winning this match with some ease.