Timea Bacsinszky vs Aryna Sabalenka
|Date & Time||Friday October 12, 2018, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
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Aryna Sabalenka has made the quarterfinals of the Tianjin Open where she will be playing Timea Bacsinszky from Switzerland.
Timea Bacsinszky won her previous match in 3 sets. It was a hard-fought victory for Timea Bacsinszky but she performed extremely well in the second and third sets as she won 5 breakpoints to set up the win. It has been a tough few seasons for Timea Bacsinszky as she has failed to make the final of a WTA event since 2016. Most of Timea Bacsinszky’s recent success has been in ITF events and while she got wins in the first two rounds, it will be hard for the Swiss player to compete with Sabalenka who is among the top players of the WTA tour.
In comparison, Aryna Sabalenka has had one of the best seasons on the tour. Sabalenka won her second WTA title a few weeks ago as she won the WTA Wuhan Open. Aryna Sabalenka has made 4 WTA titles this season and has established herself as one of the top players in the world. Sabalenka showed her class in the second round as she won in straight sets. It was a dominant win for Aryna Sabalenka as she only lost 4 games in the entire match. During that win, Sabalenka broke her opponents serve on 5 occasions while only losing one service game to set up a comfortable victory. This tournament seems to be greatly favored by Aryna Sabalenka as she finished second at the Tianjin Open 12 months ago and she seems to be playing well at this event once again.
Timea Bacsinszky and Aryna Sabalenka have played once in the past with Timea Bacsinszky winning that match. That win for Timea Bacsinszky came during a Fed Cup tie in 2017.
All in all, I am picking Aryna Sabalenka to win this match. Sabalenka has been in outstanding form and she seems to always play well at Tianjin. With form and conditions in her favor, I see Aryna Sabalenka winning this match and making the semifinals of the tournament.