Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Dubai)
World No.2 and No.1 seed here in Dubai, Simona Halep, meets Ons Jabeur in the second-round of the 2020 WTA Dubai Open.
Simona Halep is an incredible player, the world No.2 had an amazing 2019 season, achieving yet another Grand Slam in Wimbledon, but also performing incredibly well in most tournaments she participated in. Halep is one of the tougher players on the WTA Tour, she never gives up on a ball and will make you play until you can't physically cope anymore. Halep is the No.1 seed here in Dubai, and now with the defending champion, Belinda Bencic, out of the mix she will fancy her chances of taking the title here in Dubai.
Ons Jabeur has been in amazing form since the beginning of the year. Jabeur reached the quarter-finals of the 2020 Australian Open and now she has already beaten a very dangerous player in Alison Riske in the first-round. Jabeur is very experienced and this experience allows her to understand how to win tough matches. Jabeur will be looking to have a very successful 2020 season, and if she continues to play the way she has this year, I am adamant she will win some titles this year.
This will be the second meeting between both players, with Jabeur winning the first encounter as Halep has to retire due to injury in the match. Halep looked determined to be as successful in 2020 as she was in 2019, and she will face a tough challenge in Jabeur. Jabeur is in great form, and can definitely keep this match tight, but at the end of the day the No.1 seed should win this one.
Simona Halep to win.