Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Dubai)
Doubles partners, Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka, meet in the second-round of the 2020 WTA Dubai Open.
Elise Mertens was absolutely dominant in her first-round victory over Wang, beating the Chinese 6-3/6-0. Mertens looked great on court, winning over 70% of her points on serve. Mertens has a lot of experience on court and it showed on Monday. Mertens will want to go far in this tournament, and she can do it if she maintains this level of tennis. Now Mertens faces an incredibly tough challenge as she meets one of her closest friends, and doubles partner with whom she has been very successful, Aryna Sabalenka.
Aryna Sabalenka book her spot in the second-round through a hard-fought match against young star Maria Sakkari. Sabalenka started out incredibly well, winning the first set 6-2. The second set was much closer and Sabalenka let her guard down for just an instance, allowing Sakkari to level the score by winning the second set 6-4. Sabalenka then turned the engines back on and absolutely dominated the third. Sabalenka won the third 6-1 and now has set up a mouth-watering encounter.
These two are very close friends and doubles partners, but this is not the first time they have met. The H2H between both players is tied at 2-2. This match will be extremely close as both players know each others game inside and out. However, Sabalenka looked more dominant in her match, except for the second set, and beat a tougher opponent. Sabalenka should book her spot in the quarter-final.
Aryna Sabalenka to win.