Aryna Sabalenka vs Caroline Garcia
|Date & Time||Friday November 2, 2018, 3:00 AM (EDT)|
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Aryna Sabalenka will play Caroline Garcia at the WTA Elite Trophy in China.
Caroline Garcia lost her opening round match to Ashleigh Barty. It was a poor performance by Garcia as he struggled with her return game as she won no breakpoints. During the defeat, Garcia only won 25% of the points played during Barty’s service games and that prevented the French superstar from causing any problems for her opponent. This is a must-win match for Caroline Garcia as a loss will see her eliminated from this tournament. That being said, it is going to be very tough for Garcia to improve her return game as Sabalenka is one of the strongest servers on the WTA tour.
On the other side of the court, Aryna Sabalenka will know that a win will secure her a spot in the semifinals of the tournament. With the dynamics of the tournament, winning one set in this match might be enough for Sabalenka who had a big win over Ashleigh Barty in her previous match. It has been a very strong season for Aryna Sabalenka as she won has won 2 WTA titles. Aryna Sabalenka is known for the power on her shots, especially her serve, which has caused problems for most of her opponents. This was evident in Aryna Sabalenka’s match against Barty as she only lost 1 service game in the entire match. Aryna Sabalenka should be high on confidence after her recent results which will make her very hard to beat.
Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia have played twice this season with Sabalenka winning on both occasions. Both of the matches occurred this season with the most recent meeting at the WTA China Open where Aryna Sabalenka won in 3 sets.
All in all, I am going to pick Aryna Sabalenka to win this match. Aryna Sabalenka has been in much better form and her strong serve will make it very hard for Caroline Garcia who has been struggling to win return games. With her confidence high after her recent WTA title wins, I see Aryna Sabalenka winning and gaining entry into the semifinals.