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.
- 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
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
Both these players have met thrice on the WTA tour with Sabalenka leading Tomljanović 2-1
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ajla Tomljanović: Prediction
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.