The tournament fate in 2020 brings together two ladies from the eastern part of Europe in the semifinal. The 46th racket from Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova will face the opponent from the neighbour state Belarussia Aryna Sabalenka. The Belarussian lady is on the 13th standing in the world rating.
Who has more strtenght and stamina to demostrate a confident game in Qatar and come to the final match? – Check in our prediction.
At what time are Svetlana Kuznetsova and Aryna Sabalenka to play?
The game time is February 28, 2020, at 05:00 PM (UTC+3).
What are the players’ positions in WTA rankings?
Svetlana Kuznetsova takes the 46th position and Aryna Sabalenka takes the 13th position in WTA Tour Rankings.
How many wins and losses does Kuznetsova have?
Svetlana Kuznetsova has won 66.3% of the games as a favorite.
How many wins and losses does Sabalenka have?
Aryna Sabalenka has won 64.3% of the games as a favorite.
A year ago, in a tournament in Madrid in the first two rounds, Svetlana Kuznetsova played firstly with Arina Sabalenka, and then with Belinda Bencic. Then she overcame (7-5, 6-4) the Belarussian tennis player but in the game with the representative of Switzerland, the Russian lady lost (6-7, 6-2, 3-6). Now in Doha, Svetlana also has had two matches in a row against these tennis players in the tournament bracket.
Russian woman defeated Belinda Benchich in two sets (6-4, 6-4). This is obvious that Kuznetsova reached the peak of her form. For a long time already, Svetlana did not demonstrate such a confident and aggressive game on her pitch with a minimal number of mistakes. She took 75% of points on the first serve with Bencic and completed 7 aces.
Before the quarterfinals Kuznetsova had another great match against Sventek (6-2, 6-2). By the way, she did not allow the opponent to do anything on the court, playing confidently.
A week ago at the tournament in Dubai Arina Sabalenka was not able to overcome the stage of the quarter-finals, losing Simone Halep (6-3, 2-6, 2-6).
In Doha the Belarusian tennis player made a step forward and reached the semifinals. Of the three winning matches in the tournament she did not have any difficultiesonly only against Saqqari (6-3, 6-0). In matches with Contaveit (7-5, 2-6, 7-5) and Zheng Sayzai (3-6, 7-6, 6-3), it was not possible to play stably. Moreover, in the game with the representative of China, Arina was close to defeat, but she dealed with the rival.
All in all, according to the current matches of tournaments in Dubai and Doha, Sabalenka shows a good level of tennis. However, she has had very few matches when she managed to steadily make the first ball. It is noticeable that Arina has difficulties on the second serve against rivals with a reliable return.
Betting Tips Statistics
- In personal meetings, tennis players have an equality of 1-1.
- In two of the three matches played in Doha, Sabalenka gave sets to rivals and did not break the head start (-4) of the game.
- Kuznetsova in Doha won three matches without giving a single set to her rivals.
Kuznetsova vs Sabalenka Predictions
Kuznetsova demonstrates her best tennis of the season now, being perfectly ready physically. Experience allows Svetlana to adapt to her rivals, to find weaknesses in their game. We think you should not expect a substantial defeat from Arina here. According to the suggested coefficients, a prediction for a positive underdog head start suggests itself in this semi-final.
- Our prediction: Svetlana Kuznetsova will win