Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Dubai)
Belinda Bencic meets Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first-round of the 2020 WTA Dubai Open.
Belinda Bencic is trying to get back to her prior self as she used to be one of the most exciting prospects in the game. Bencic has incredible talent and skills to move opponents around the court, however, she has lacked consistency and confidence throughout her career. Bencic will want to have a great 2020 season and find her game again. Bencic needs to put in the hard work and the results will follow. It will be interesting to see whether Bencic comes into this tournament with confidence and backs herself rather than doubt herself.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is a very experienced player on the WTA Tour. Pavlyuchenkova can challenge anyone on the tour and this is because of her aggressive style of play and consistency. Pavlyuchenkova will want to make the most of what may be considered her last few years on the tour and she will work hard to make sure she gets positive results along the way.
This will be 4th meeting between these players, and Bencic has never lost to Pavlyuchenkova. Pavlyuchenkova is a solid player, however, Bencic has more natural talent. If Bencic comes out confident and backs herself to make shots, she will win, if she doesn't then it's anyone game. But let's assume Bencic will be filled with belief.
Belinda Bencic to win.