Ekaterina Alexandrova vs. Aryna Sabalenka
|Date & Time||Friday February 1, 2019, 2:30 AM (EST)|
Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Ekaterina Alexandrova and Aryna Sabalenka meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis St. Petersburg.
Ekaterina Alexandrova is coming off a straight sets win over Tereza Martincova that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Alexandrova won 84 percent of her first serve points and 36 percent of her second serve points. Alexandrova won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her six break points. Alexandrova has now produced 10 breaks in her last two matches and continues what has been some tremendous success on indoor hard courts. You’d like to see Alexandrova get more of her first serves in play, but she’s quietly putting together some quality tennis at the moment. Alexandrova has a chance to win three matches in a single WTA tournament for the first time since Linz back in October. Alexandrova has won 10 straight matches on indoor hard court.
Aryna Sabalenka is coming off a straight sets win over Alison Van Uytvanck that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Sabalenka won 66 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Sabalenka won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her eight break points. Sabalenka bounced back nicely after an early exit in the Australian Open, and she’s going to have a lot of success moving forward if she keeps getting at least 60 percent of her first serves in play. Six of Sabalenka’s last seven wins have been decided in straight sets. Sabalenka also looks to win at least two matches in a single tournament for the sixth time in her last eight tries. Sabalenka has split her last four matches on indoor hard court.
These two have split the previous two meetings, as Alexandrova won in Alexandrova in 2017 and Sabalenka won in Shenzhen earlier this year. Both matches were decided in straight sets.
Considering Sabalenka just beat Alexandrova rather easily, breaking her five times and winning 62 percent of her total service points, it’s tough to pick against her here. This is a tournament that can help right the ship for Sabalenka after an early exit in the first grand slam of the year, and she probably should be the favorite to win this event based on her play in her most recent match.
I’ll side with Sabalenka in straight sets yet again.