?? Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati R3 Prediction
?? (6) Caroline Garcia vs. ?? Aryna Sabalenka
In the first career meeting between the pair, I’m going to side with Caroline Garcia. These two are both in great form and head into this match full of confidence. However, I think there are a few factors which should swing this match into the favour of Garcia.
Firstly, It is Garcia who is more versatile. Both posses great firepower, both behind their serves and from the baseline. However, Garcia is much more reliable moving up the court and generally has greater touch around the court.
Sabalenka is on a roll, coming from a set down to beat both Konta and Pliskova in the previous rounds. In truth, she could have easily lost both of those matches, I just don’t think she will come out and beat yet another top player. Conversely, Garcia is building momentum and seems perfectly poised for victory here.
Importantly, Garcia is likely to be more clinical in what should a first strike battle, Garcia is slightly more consistent both behind her serve and her return of serve. I think the Garcia return of serve will be critical in this match-up. Sabalenka’s serve can be vulnerable, especially her second serve.