Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Dubai)
No.1 seed, Simona Halep, meets Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals of the 2020 WTA Dubai Open. Will the No.1 seed come out and dominate, or will Sabalenka cause the upset?
Aryna Sabalenka was able to beat Elise Mertens, her close friend and doubles partner, in straight sets to book her spot in the quarterfinals. Sabalenka is an incredibly strong player, making her very tough to power through. Sabalenka knows she can challenge against the best, she just needs to find the consistency in her game to be able to play like this in every match. Sabalenka now meets No.1 seed, Simona Halep, in what will be a very tough encounter. Will Sabalenka cause the upset?
Simona Halep started out quite sloppy against Ons Jabeur, but she then was able to switch the engine on and was absolutely unstoppable. Simona Halep is one of the best players on tour and she has such a tough mindset. Halep is able to comeback in tough situations and this is why she is a Grand Slam champion. Halep will be looking to win here in Dubai and she knows she is more than capable of doing so. Will Halep continue her run in Dubai?
This will be the fourth meeting and Halep leads the H2H 2-1. Halep will want this victory more than Sabalenka, and I believe she will be fully switched on like she was in those final two sets against Jabeur. If Halep plays like she did in those last two sets, then Sabalenka has no chance here.
Simona Halep to win.