Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:35 PM (Dubai)
Maria Sakkari meets Aryna Sabalenka in the first-round of the 2020 WTA Dubai Open.
Maria Sakkari is an up and coming Greek player who has a lot of potential. Sakkari has it all in her game. She has the serve, she has the forehand, the backhand, but most importantly she has the passion. Every time Sakkari is on court, she leaves it all out there, however, the only thing she lacks is consistency. Sakkari can play incredibly well in a match, but 15 minutes later she doesn't seem to know how to hit the ball. Sakkari needs to improve this aspect of her game if she wants to be a title contender throughout 2020, and I believe her best tennis is yet to come once she puts in more work.
Aryna Sabalenka is a very experienced player, both in Singles and Doubles. Sabalenka is one of the physically stronger players on tour and she is able to hit through anyone with her amazing forehand. Sabalenka had a great 2019 season winning multiple Singles and Doubles titles. Sabalenka has a real chance of going far here in Dubai, but will she be able to beat an opponent who might have less pressure and less to lose?
This will be the 3rd meeting between both players, and the scores are very level at 1-1. Sabalenka won their most recent meeting in straight sets, whilst Sakkari won their first one in 3 sets. Sakkari has less to lose as she is still young and developing her game, whilst Sabalenka should be expected to win this match. Going on recent form, it is hard to choose, but if push comes to shove, I think Sabalenka will come out in the end with the help of her experience.
Aryna Sabalenka to win.