In the 2019 season, Sakkari and Sabalenka exchanged wins. On February 18, 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 Maria Sakkari vs Aryna Sabalenka to play?
The game time is February 18, 2020, at 08:15 PM GST.
What are the players’ positions in WTA rankings?
Maria Sakkari takes the 21st position and Aryna Sabalenka takes the 13th position in WTA Tour Rankings.
How many wins and losses does Maria Sakkari have?
Maria Sakkari has won 64% 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.
Sakkari is able to get even the most difficult balls. She has excellent speed on the court. In addition, the representative of Greece masterfully slows down the pace and rhythm of her rivals, she does this due to shortened and cut hits.
But Maria is too flirting in defense because even at the beginning of the meeting she gives the opponent a ball and turns on the runner mode. On the ground, such a manner of playing is effective, but not always on fast courts, but all because of the low and quick rebound of the ball.
Maria Sakkari leaves a good impression with her game and results in this season. After reaching the semi-finals of the tournament in St. Petersburg, the Greek tennis player updated her best career achievement and rose to 21st place in the WTA ranking.
Sakkari left a lot of energy in St. Petersburg. Plus, you have to play in other conditions. The coating is slightly different. It will not be easy to adapt immediately.
Only once she performed in Dubai Sakkari. In the season of 2018, she could not overcome the qualification here.
Sabalenka preaches a spectacular style of play since with every blow she tries only to aggravate and chase rivals all over the court. Arina hates prolonged exchanges of blows and if opponents manage to impose a sticky game, then often this ends in defeat for the Belarusian.
The problem is that she slowly moves around the court and cannot force herself to fight for every ball. Therefore, trying to shoot from those positions where it is theoretically impossible to get.
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 have parity of 1-1.
- Sabalenka defends last year’s third round in Dubai.
- Sakkari in Dubai does not have a single win in his main draw.
Maria Sakkari vs Aryna Sabalenka Predictions
In the line of bookmakers for the upcoming match, Aryna Sabalenka receives the status of a favorite. We think that at the moment the Belarusian tennis player is able to confirm the expectations of the bookmakers and win.
Sakkari will not be easy to adapt after the hall of St. Petersburg. Sabalenka does not give time to think on the court, he plays in an aggressive manner. In general, according to the current form, the Belarusian tennis player looks good and is able to come forward in personal meetings. The last wins last year was for Arina.