Anna Karolína Schmiedlová vs Sofia Kenin
|Date & Time||Saturday January 12, 2019, 1:00 AM (EST)|
Hobart International Tennis Centre
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American tennis superstar, Sofia Kenin has made it to the final of the 2019 WTA Hobart International. Kenin will be battling for the WTA title against Anna Karolína Schmiedlová from Slovakia
Anna Karolína Schmiedlová beat Belinda Bencic in 3 sets to make it into this final. During the win, Anna Karolína Schmiedlová returned serve exceptionally well as she won close to 50% of her receiving points. This allowed Schmiedlová to win 6 return games which was vital in the Slovak gaining the win. While it was impressive to watch Anna Karolína Schmiedlová return, the Slovak had her issues while serving. During the win against Bencic, Schmiedlová only won 66% of her service games. It is going to be vital for Anna Karolína Schmiedlová to improve her serve as she will not get as many opportunities to break in a final.
On the other side of the court, Sofia Kenin had a comfortable semifinal win as she won in straight sets. Kenin served exceptionally well as she only lost 1 service game in the entire match. Kenin complemented her serve with exceptional returning as she won 4 break points. Kenin has had an exceptional tournament as she is yet to lose a single set. Kenin is in supreme form and she is going to be hard to beat.
Sofia Kenin and Anna Karolína Schmiedlová have played once in the past. The match was played in 2018 at WTA New Haven where Sofia Kenin won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Sofia Kenin to win this match. While Anna Karolína Schmiedlová has done well, her serve is vulnerable. Kenin has looked like a complete player and I see her being too strong for her opponent. I am picking Sofia Kenin to win her first WTA title of 2019.