?? Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, ? Final Prediction
?? (1) Elina Svitolina vs ?? Daria Kasatkina
We are set for an epic finale to the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as the top seed and defending champion: Elina Svitolina takes on Russian rising-star: Daria Kasatkina. Svitolina is the more established player at this level and is vastly more experience in Finals. Svitolina has won 10 WTA titles and has a very impressive 10-2 win/loss record in finals. Conversely, Kasatkina has won 1 WTA title, winning in Charleston last year and has played in 2 finals having reached the final in Moscow last year. Nevertheless, these two are quite evenly matched with a lot of similarities to their games, expect a close final.
Svitolina and Kasatkina are perhaps the 2 quickest players on tour, both defend extremely well but both also possess big weapons when required. The difference is that Svitolina’s main weapon is her backhand whilst Kasatkina’s forehand is her major strength. Svitolina won the only two matches between the pair but both were fairly tight matches. I have to give the edge to Svitolina, the main reason is that Svitolina is simply more consistent and is much more experienced in finals. In a match that will feature a lot of long rallies, Svitolina is more solid and less likely to crack under pressure form the baseline. Another key difference is that Svitolina has a stronger serve, especially her first serve which is much improved. Svitolina is also likely to be the fresher of the two heading into this match.