Caroline Wozniacki vs Anastasija Sevastova, Dubai SF Preview

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(10) ?? Caroline Wozniacki vs ?? Anastasija Sevastova

Caroline Wozniacki is through to a sixth consecutive semi-final in Dubai. The 2011 champion has lost four consecutive semi-finals in Dubai but will be a strong favourite to reverse that trend when she comes up against Anastasija Sevastova in Friday’s first semi-final, a rematch of the 2016 U.S Open quarter-final. Wozniacki has played a huge amount of tennis in the last couple of weeks having reached the Doha final last week, Wozniacki has completed nine matches in nine days! Perhaps Sevastova will have a chance to claim her first win over Wozniacki given the Dane’s heavy recent schedule.

Caroline Wozniacki is in fine form having won 8 of her last 9 matches, 7 of those victories were in straight sets. Wozniacki started her Dubai campaign with straight set wins over Daria Kasatkina and Viktorija Golubic before surviving a scare against Kateryna Bondarenko to come through in three sets. Wozniacki confirmed her spot in a sixth consecutive Dubai semi-final courtesy of a commanding 6-3 6-2 win over Catherine Bellis. The former world number 1 is in the kind of form where she is giving nothing away, it takes a great peromfnace to defeat her.

Anastasija Sevastova will be inside the top 25 in the rankings next Monday for the very first time in her career at the age of 26. Sevastova arrived in Dubai with a 3-4 win/loss record in 2017, making her run to the semi-finals even more surprising. Sevastova started the tournament with a straight set win over Irina-Camelia Begu before overcoming Alison Riske in a tight three set battle. Sevastova confirmed her place in the semi-finals with back-to-back wins over Chinese opponents, a 6-3 6-3 win over Shuai Peng and a 6-4 7-5 win over Qiang Wang.

Caroline Wozniacki has won both of the previous meetings between the pair. Wozniacki and Sevastova met in an unlikely quarter-final match-up last year, Wozniacki completely dominated against a lacklustre (and injured) Sevastova, winning 6-0 6-2. Their other match ended in a 6-3 6-4 win for Wozniacki at the Australian Open in 2011.

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This is a good match-up for Wozniacki. Sevastova doesn’t have a great amount of power, certainly not enough to consistently hit through Wozniacki. The Latvian relies on forcing errors from her opponent by extending rallies and getting them into tricky situations, but that is not going to work against an in-form Wozniacki. The only question mark for Wozniacki is whether she will be fatigued after playing so many consecutive matches over the last couple of weeks. Wozniacki is perhaps the fittest player on tour so I suspect she will be okay and will again be far too solid for Sevastova on this occasion.

Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Anastasija Sevastova in 2 sets

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