In the 2019 season, Mertens and Sabalenka exchanged wins. On February 19, tennis players will hold the third match between themselves in the first round of the tournament in Dubai. Who will win? – read our preview and prediction for the match.
At what time are Mertens vs Sabalenka to play?
The game time is February 19, 2020, at 17:00 UTC+4:00.
What are the players’ positions in WTA rankings?
Elise Mertens takes the 22st position and Aryna Sabalenka takes the 13th position in WTA Tour Rankings.
How many wins and losses does Elise Mertens have?
Elise Mertens has won 67.5% of the games as a favorite.
How many wins and losses does Aryna Sabalenka have?
Aryna Sabalenka has won 56% of the games as a favorite.
Last year Elise Mertens took the title in Qatar in February. This is an important period of the season for her in terms of points protection.
In the first round match against Qiang Wang (6-3, 6-0) she never for a minute doubted her excellent readiness, both in terms of fitness and motivation.
Since 2018, four matches Mertens played against Sabalenka, twice managed to win. And it is interesting that the tennis players took turns in victorious matches among themselves. The last victory last year was left to the Belorussian.
Mertens adores to confront opponents who perform in the same rhythm. All because then Elise can fully concentrate on defensive activities. But that’s not only Mertens’ advantage, but also a serious drawback. After all, Elise can’t build attacks and dictate its own rules on the court.
Aryna Sabalenka achieved the goal of minimum points protection with her entrance to the second round of the tournament in Dubai. Thus, the Belarusian did not play in Doha in 2019.
Aryna’s opponent in the first round was Maria Sakkari. Despite the fact that Sabalenka’s advantage was seen in the course of the game, the Belarussian player could not do without a decline in the course of the game (6-2, 4-6, 6-1).
Aryna Sabalenka after the matches for the national team of Belarus in the Federation Cup did not play last week. The tennis player flew to Dubai in advance, made full preparations for the start of the competition.
Last year in Dubai, Aryna was in the third round. It was then close to the quarter-finals, but at the decisive tie-break, she lost to the future winner Bencic (4-6, 6-2, 6-7).
Betting Tips Statistics
- In personal meetings tennis players are equal 2-2
- This season Sabalenka has won six out of ten matches
- Mertens has scored ten victories in 13 matches in 2020
Mertens vs Sabalenka Predictions
For the girls, the upcoming match is crucial, as they are friends off the court and clearly compete with each other. It is difficult to assume who will be stronger, the odds on the winner of the match are almost equal in betting offices. We think that at this point Mertens will have a better chance of winning. Elise starts the season more evenly, is extremely motivated by the defense of last year’s points and has convincingly played the starting match.
Our prediction: Elise Mertens win.