Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Dubai)
Australian Open Champion, Sofia Kenin, meets Elena Rybakina in the first-round of the 2020 WTA Dubai Open.
What a start to 2020 for Sofia Kenin. Kenin won her first Grand Slam title in Australia and she did in such a convincing fashion. Kenin is one of the best players on tour and she will only improve. Kenin is extremely passionate and she plays every point like it is a match point. We haven't seen a female player with the same determination of Kenin for a while and it is exciting to see what she can do. It will be interesting to see how much more successful Kenin can become as she definitely has the game to trouble anyone on tour.
Elena Rybakina has also had a great start to 2020. Rybakina won a title in Hobart this year and is set out to rise up the rankings. Rybakina is a fun player to watch, she is strong and she has an amazing backhand. Rybakina will know that because of her ranking she will come up against tougher opponents in the first-rounds of tournaments this year, but I believe she is more than up to the challenge and we will see how she compares at the end of 2020.
This will be the first meeting between both players, and it could be a tight one. Both players have won a title this year, and both players are very strong on the court. However, when it comes down to it, Kenin is the better player and has had support around improving her tennis in recent weeks. Expect Kenin to come out and dictate play.
Sofia Kenin to win.