WTA Abu Dhabi Open 2021: Aryna Sabalenka vs Ajla Tomljanović Preview, Head to Head & Prediction

This second round encounter between Aryna Sabalenka and Ajla Tomljanović should be a straight forward affair. Aryna Sabalenka is the runaway favorite.

Ajla Tomljanović and Aryna Sabalenka 

World number ten and seeded fourth Aryna Sabalenka will be up against the Australian Ajla Tomljanović in the second round of the 2021 WTA Abu Dhabi. The match is set to be played on January 8th. Both the players had straight sets victory in their first round matches. 

Match Details:

  • Date: 8th January, 2021
  • Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
  • Fixture: Aryna Sabalenka  vs Ajla Tomljanović
  • Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Category: WTA 500
  • Round: Round of 32 (Second round)
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
  • Prize money: $565,530

Aryna Sabalenka vs Ajla Tomljanović: Match Preview

Aryna Sabalenka

Seeder Fourth in this tournament Sabalenka was expected to beat her unseeded opponent quite easily in her first round match at the Abu Dhabi Open but Hercog from Slovenia did show some spirit in the first set.

In the second set though she went down easily. Tomljanović came into this tournament on a seven-match losing streak. But she held her nerve and beat her Chinese opponent, Zhu Lin, in straight sets.  

Aryna Sabalenka vs Ajla Tomljanović: Head to Head

Ajla Tomljanović

Both these players have met thrice on the WTA tour with Sabalenka leading Tomljanović 2-1

Aryna Sabalenka vs Ajla Tomljanović: Prediction

Aryna Sabalenka 

Experts believe Sabalenka has the game to be a top-five player. In 2020 she has two titles to her credit. And her win against Kvitova to win in Doha was probably her best singles outing in the last year. Ajla Tomljanović has a highest ranking of 39 on the tour. But even by her not-so-great standards, she has had an average 2020. 

Match Prediction: Sabalenka will win in straight sets.

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