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?? (5) Caroline Garcia vs ?? Lucie Safarova
A Blockbuster opening round match at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships sees the 5th seeded Caroline Garcia take on Lucie Safarova. Caroline Garcia arrives in Dubai with renewed confidence after a solid run to the quarter-finals in Doha last week. Garcia will face a tough opening test in Dubai when she takes on Safarova, it was Safarova who won the only previous match between the pair.
Whilst Caroline Garcia has not been able to consistently find her best tennis in 2018 she has been good enough to still achieve solid results. Garcia has certainly improved her base level, a great sign for the 24-year-old who is much more consistent than she ever has been. Garcia arrives in Dubai after a good week in Doha where she reached the quarter-finals. Garcia claimed wins over Dominika Cibulkova and Anna Blinkova before succumbing to Garbine Muguruza in a tight three set battle.
Lucie Safarova has been solid in 2018 but she has been unable to deal with the rough draws she has been handed. This was the case last week in Doha where Safarova was dealt Julia Goerges in the opening round, Safarova would ultimately succumb in straight sets. Safarova now has another tough draw in Dubai as she takes on the 5th seeded Caroline Garcia. Safarova has come close to beating quality opposition several times in 2018, perhaps she can finally get over the line against Garcia.
Safarova beat Garcia 4-6 7-6 6-1 in a Fed Cup tie on an indoor hard court in 2015 in what is their only previous career meeting.