Aryna Sabalenka has not dropped a set in the tournament so far. She has defeated both her opponents in straight sets. Against Polona Hercog she won 7-6 6-2. And against Ajla Tomljanović, Sabalenka triumphed 7-5 6-4. Ons Jabeur though has had to fight much harder en route to this round of 16 clash. And she has had to face much tougher opponents too. Both Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ,who she defeated 7-6 6-3, and Kateryna Bondarenko ,who lost 5-7 6-3 6-2 to her, have been top 30 players in the past.
- Date: 10th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Aryna Sabalenka vs Ons Jabeur
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Round of 16 (Third round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: $565,530
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ons Jabeur: Match Preview
Ons Jabeur, the Arab girl from Tunisia, has the game that suits all surfaces. Her drop shots, her sliced shots, her overall game intelligence are her biggest assets. Last season she had taken major strides towards the top 20 mark when she defeated the World no.3 Karolína Plíšková in Qatar and held a match point against World no.2 Simona Halep in Dubai. She will hope this is her year to shine.
Aryna Sabalenka has a power game which she operates from the baseline. Her forehand is a fantastic asset. But her biggest weapon is her never say die attitude , that is her mental strength. With two back to back titles at the fag end of 2020 in Ostrava and Linz she is all ready to give her best for 2021.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ons Jabeur: Head-to-Head
They have met just one time on the circuit, at the French Open, which Jabeur won 7-6 2-6 6-3 .
Aryna Sabalenka vs Ons Jabeur: Match Prediction
It will be a close game, but Sabalenka will edge this.
Match Prediction: Sabalenka to win in three sets.