On the February 22 Simone Halep will play the final match of WTA Dubai Open against Elena Rybakina.
Halep could fly out of the tournament in Dubai in the first round, but with the each victory, the Romanian gained confidence and added. Now Simona is one step away from the title. But will Halep be able to defeat the Elena Rybakina?
Read our prediction for the match below
At what time are Simona Halep and Elena Rybakina to play?
The game time is February 22, 2020, at 3:00 PM (UTC).
What are the players’ positions in WTA rankings?
Simona Halep takes the 2nd position and Elena Rybakina takes the 19th position in WTA Tour Rankings.
How many wins and losses does Halep have?
Simona Halep has won 69.9% of the games as a favorite.
How many wins and losses does Rybakina have?
Elena Rybakina has won 70.1% of the games as a favorite.
Halep is in second place on the WTA ranking table. In the first round Simone had difficulties with Ons Jabeur. It was hard for her to adjust to the specific style of play of the Tunisian athlete, but still she was able to cope with it and pulled out a volitional victory in three sets. After that, the Romanian showed character and willpower to win the fight with Aryna Sabalenka, beating the Belarusian in an intense three-set fight.
Halep came to the semifinal match with Brady and managed in one hour (6-2, 6-0). It is important that he managed to win quickly. Still, Simona’s tennis is very energy consuming. And another three-set long match before the final would have been obviously superfluous.
The last time Simona Khalep performed so successfully in Dubai was in 2015. Then the Romanian tennis player took the title. Last year was close to success at this time of year in Doha, but in the decisive match lost Elise Mertens (6-3, 4-6, 3-6).
Simona is playing her tennis now. She drags the opponents into the net, doesn’t let them attack regularly, she plays across the full width of the court. Obviously, she Halep gained good shape, she feels confident in her actions.
Simone has many drawbacks, ranging from her inability to compete on the course to her fierce temper. But Halep has a champion character, which she gained in the last two years, when she dominated the tour and won the Grand Slams. The Romanian may not be able to do anything on the court, but at the most important moment she will definitely gather and squeeze out the maximum. For example, in this tournament Halep could take off twice, but there was nowhere to go but to retreat, and the tennis player immediately turned on, thanks to which she marked victories and strengthened faith in her own strength.
Rybakina was the real opening of the season. At the moment she is one of the best tennis player on the WTA tour. This year Elena played 22 contests, of which she won 19 and lost 3. On the way to the final the Kazakh made several sensational victories. In almost every match she was an outsider, no one believed in her.
With difficulty, but still Elena Rybakina reached her second final in two weeks. In the 2020 season, this will be the fourth final for the Kazakhstani tennis player.
Of the four matches played in the tournament, only the game with Sinyakova turned out easy for Elena (6-3, 6-3). In the semi-final against Martic (7-6, 7-6) in each of the sets, Rybakina lost, but returned to the game. With all the merit of Elena should make an amendment that Martic played quite straightforwardly, constantly helping Rybakina with heir mistakes. Expect that the current Halep will be so much mistakes, no need.
We must also note the obvious problems with Rybakina on the second serve. Martic had breaks three times. In the quarter-final Pliskova had nine break points, realized only one.
This season Rybakina is impressive, not only with game and results, but with the will to win. During these two and a half months, the tennis player has marked a huge number of campsites, she won those matches where she absolutely nothing worked. It’s hard to believe it, but this is the fourth final of the WTA Tour for the Kazakh, two she lost and one she won. It is worth noting the changes in the game Elena, as before the girl played in a super attacking manner and from all positions sharpened, now she forces herself to keep the ball in the court and wait for opportunities to sharpen. Thanks to this, she began to make several times fewer mistakes.
Betting Tips Statistics
- The tennis players played once, during the first set Halep refused to play.
- Elena in the last two game weeks spent nine matches.
- This season, out of three finals Rybakina won only one.
Halep vs Rybakina Predictions
Rybakina definitely squeezed the maximum out of herself, because she had already held many tournaments without rest and was tired. The tennis player confessed that personally; moreover, in a match against Martic she was extremely slow, and she managed to win thanks to mistakes on the part of her opponent. Halep gained form in this tournament and will not give up the title for sure. The Romanian will drag Elena into a protracted exchange of blows and will take advantage of her opponent’s not the best physical form.
- Our prediction: Halep Will Win.