On Thursday evening, after 6.30 pm, the last quarter of the WTA Dubai is scheduled, between Simona Halep (2 WTA) from Romania and Aryna Sabalenka (13 WTA) from Belarus.
The recommended prognosis concerns the number of aces in the inaugural set and you can consult the final consultation.
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Simona Halep: Team shape, science and statistics
◾️Simona (28 years old) has already entered the 317th to the first consecutive day in 10 WTAs, being permanently the most performing level on the professional women’s circuit.
◾️The Romanian was named the number one series leader in Dubai, Premier category tournament.
◾️She is the only one who has claimed the championship in the United Arab Emirates, which is still competing for the trophy of 2020.
◾️Halep has a record of 7 wins and 2 defeats in this season debut, losing only two matches in Australia – Adelaide with today’s opponent and in the semi-finals of the Australian Open against Muguruza.
◾️Yesterday’s match with Tunisian Ons Jabeur (45 WTA) a single encouragement of 3 sets played by the main favorite in the current season.
◾️Sabalenka (21 years old) is a very strong opponent from a physical point of view, but he has been careful in recent months to send a drop in the evolution and exit from the top 10.
◾️With 7 wins and 4 failures in 2020, Belarus can be said to be rather fluctuating.
◾️He did not own an elite sportsman, except for Simonei, Adelaide.
◾️He lost in changing his favorite high position with Kristyna Pliskova in Shenzhen or with Suarez Navarro in the first round of Melbourne.
◾️In Dubai, Aryna was nominated for a 7-game series, but did not take a first free lap and had one player one more match on the main board.
◾️He eliminated the Greek Maria Sakkari (21 WTA), score 6-2 4-6 6-1 and the Belgian Elise Mertens (22 WTA), score 6-4 6-3. It can be said that it might be harder to serve, firstly managing to answer 2 and secondly, in the inaugural settings.
🎾Statistics of the direct matches Simona Halep against Aryna Sabalenka
▪️Constanta is extreme in direct duels, 2-1.
▪️However, she missed the most recent meeting, from Adelaide 2020, with a score of 4-6 2-6.
◽️Our athlete has entered this tournament without standing matches in the last 3 weeks, and this was seen in the match with Ons Jabeur.
◽️Not only was her evolution a deletion, but Simona seemed to have some medical problems in the lumbar area.
◽️Before the start of the decisive set, Halep requested the intervention of the trainer, and throughout the match it seemed that the problems at the back bother her at work.
◽️He served 4 double mistakes, offered 8 break balls, and the winning percentages were only 60% behind the first service and 50% on the second.
◽️Besides, Simona seemed visibly upset by the speed with which the ball slid on this extremely fast surface.
◽️Belarus feels best on such surfaces.
◽️It has a game based on force blows, with very small margins of error. It’s the kind of players who do not expect the mistake of the opponent, but rather try to close the point itself.
◽️Sure, this can turn her into a machine of unforced errors, but when her game is working, Sabalenka makes her opponents seem powerless.
◽️And up to this point in the tournament her game looks solid.
◽️He has already played 2 matches here: victory in 3 sets with Maria Sakkari and at least one set with Mertens.
🎾Direct matches Halep vs Sabalenka
▪️It will be the 4th straight match between the two.
▪️Halep has defeated it twice so far, but in the most recent match, played this year in Adelaide, Sabalenka passed Simona in the minimum of sets.
▪️For 6 years in the top 10 WTA, Simona climbed to second place after the semifinal in the tournament at the Australian Open, where she was defeated by Garbine Muguruza.
▪️Without taking part in the Fed Cup match against Russia in Cluj, Simona Halep prepared individually for this part of the season, within the Stejarii complex, also on the hard surface.
▪️The debut in this tournament was a difficult one, after a long break, clearly losing the first set against Ons Jabeur, 1-6, returning later in the match, but the end was a very contested one, Simona winning 9-7 in the tiebreak the decisive set.
▪️The young player from Belarus, just 21 years old, is a hope of women’s tennis, having been in the top 20 WTA for a long time, currently occupying the 13th position.
▪️His game is very well adapted to the hard surface of hard, having aggressive kicks from behind the field and a devastating service, with which he easily wins his service games.
▪️This tournament once again confirmed his playing qualities on hard and good form at the moment, gaining two solid victories, at Maria Sakkari and Elise Mertens, starting with an excellent morale against Simona.
▫️The two players have met so far 3 times, the score being 2-1 in favor of Simona Halep, but the most recent match, this year from Adelaide, ended with Arynei Sabalenka’s 2-0 victory at the sets.
🎾What is the shape of the players in the last 5 matches?
◽️Simona Halep (# 2 WTA, 29 years unfulfilled) comes after a real “war” with Ons Jabeur, which he beat in three sets, with the tiebreak decisive.
◽️The Romanian was very lucky because, although he had three small balls, his opponent from Tunisia had one. In any case, throughout the match, Halep suffered a lot at work.
◽️Before coming to Jabeur, Simona was coming after the second setback this year, the semi-final lost to Muguruza at the Australian Open.
◽️The first defeat of 2020 was even the one with Sabalenka, from Adelaide, when Belarus did not give her too many sports opportunities.
◽️Aryna Sabalenka (# 13 WTA, 22 years unfulfilled) showed a much stronger game in the first match of Dubai 2020, the best with Mertens, prevailing in two sets, 6-4 / 6-3.
◽️However, she did not rise to the benefit of the past and, surprisingly, showed many weaknesses at work.
◽️Sabalenka was not too far from the first WTA title in 2020, but gave up in the semifinal with Yastremska from Adelaide.
◽️However, at the Australian Open, Belarus was one of the disappointments of the tournament, starting with Antipozi from the first round.
◽️Later, she would remove the Netherlands from the Fed Cup, giving Belarus a single and double victory (along with Sasnovich).
🎾News, analysis, statistics and progress about the 2 players.
◾️He triumphed in Dubai in 2015, and in 2019 he reached the quarters, where he gave in to Bencic.
◾️He stayed 2 hours and 2 minutes on the field on Wednesday.
◾️The set lost with Jabeur is the first one ceded in the 7 victories of 2020.
◾️He has 2-1 in direct duels with Sabalenka (all on hard), but lost the most recent match.
◾️Has 10 WTA titles on hard, surface that ended with a positive balance every year, with one exception – 2010.
◾️The best of 2019, which he lost to the same Bencic, is his best result in Dubai.
◾️He hadn’t set Halep up until Adelaide.
◾️He stayed one hour and 31 minutes on the field on Wednesday, respectively 2 hours and 6 minutes on Tuesday.
◾️All 5 WTA titles in his record came on the hard (most recent in 2019, WTA Elite Trophy, Wuhan and Shenzen).
◾️Lost 3 games in 2020: 0-2 vs Bertens (Fed Cup, slag), 0-2 vs Carla Suarez Navarro (AO, hard), 0-2 vs Yastremska (Adelaide, hard).
Tennis Prediction of the Day Simona Halep vs Aryna Sabalenka
I go for the variant of a first set with little success on both sides. The tradition of direct confrontations shows that the directly winning services do not appear very early in the match, in none of the 3 previous duels, with no more than 3 aces recorded (1 in Shenzhen, 3 in Cincinnati and 3 in Adelaide).
Simona was surprised by Ons Jabeur only once in yesterday’s thriller, while Aryna received 1 ace without a single in the first set of the match with Elise Mertens.
The two top players know each other well enough, so that they can successfully neutralize the service, at least at the start, until the pace and intensity of all the hits increase.
Prediction Today: Under 3.5 aces in set 1