Aryna Sabalenka vs. Belinda Bencic
|Date & Time||Thursday August 23, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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Belinda Bencic and Aryna Sabalenka meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Connecticut Open.
Belinda Bencic is coming off a straight sets win over Camila Giorgi that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Bencic won 63 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Bencic was able to win a straight sets match despite six double faults and being broken four times. Bencic is in this tournament simply because Simona Halep withdrew to rest up for the US Open, so overall, it was a solid performance and a good result based on short notice. Bencic continues to be a hit or miss player, but everybody knows her potential and how she’s capable of beating anybody you put in front of her when she’s on. If Bencic can be more consistent with her serve, she’s got a shot to make a final appearance. Bencic has split her last six matches on hard court.
Aryna Sabalenka is coming off a three sets win over Daria Gavrilova that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Sabalenka won 63 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Sabalenka won 49 percent of her return points and produced nine breaks on 15 break points. Sabalenka has now proceed 12 breaks in her last three matches, so while her serve could use some work, she certainly gives herself a chance every time she takes the court with her return ability. Sabalenka has a chance to win at least three matches in a single tournament for the third time in her last six tournaments. Sabalenka has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Sabalenka is in better for and playing with more consistency, but Bencic has the rest advantage and has higher upside. It’s always tough not to side with Bencic against beatable players, as she always has the ability to take her game to another level her opponent can’t match. This is a complete toss-up, but I have slightly more trust in Bencic.
I’ll take Bencic here.