Ashleigh Barty vs Aryna Sabalenka 2018 WTA Elite Trophy Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ashleigh Barty
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Belarusian superstar, Aryna Sabalenka will begin her 2018 WTA Elite Trophy campaign against Ashleigh Barty from Australia.
Ashleigh Barty’s last match was at the Wuhan Open where she lost to her opponent from this match, Aryna Sabalenka. It was a comprehensive defeat for Barty as she lost in straight sets. The biggest issue for Ashleigh Barty was her ability to cope with Sabalenka’s serve as the Australian only won 31% of return points which limited her to winning only one breakpoint. That being said, Ashleigh Barty has been playing well recently with a record of 3-1 since the start of the US Open. Ashleigh Barty made the semifinals of this tournament 12 months ago which should give her a confidence boost heading into this match.
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On the other side of the court, Aryna Sabalenka enters this tournament in exceptional form. In the past 2 months, Aryna Sabalenka has won the WTA Connecticut Open and WTA Wuhan Open while deep runs at the WTA Tianjin Open, WTA China Open and US Open. This has been best illustrated by her rapid rise up the rankings as Aryna Sabalenka has moved from 39th to 12th on the WTA rankings in the past 3 months. Aryna Sabalenka’s serve has been her biggest asset as she produces great power which makes it very hard for her opponents to win return games. Aryna Sabalenka is still only 20 years of age but with her recent wins, she should be feeling prepared and confident for this match.
Aryna Sabalenka and Ashleigh Barty have played twice in the past with each player winning one time. As mentioned, Aryna Sabalenka’s win was at the Wuhan Open a few weeks ago. Barty’s win over Aryna Sabalenka was at this season’s Australian Open at the start of the year.
While this should be a close match, I see Aryna Sabalenka winning. Sabalenka has been among the best players in the world over the past few months and having beat Barty only a few weeks ago, I see having the confidence to win again.