Dubai R2: (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova vs Sara Errani
Yaroslava Shvedova is the only qualifier remaining in the draw at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The Kazakh has a great opportunity to go even further in the draw when she comes up against Sara Errani in the second round on Wednesday. This is a great match-up for Shvedova who has won the 3 previous matches between the pair and famously won a ‘golden set’ against Errani at Wimbledon in their most recent match.
Yaroslava Shvedova has been threatening to go on a deep run at a big WTA event in recent months and this looks like her moment. Shvedova came through a tough qualifying draw, recording victories over Zarina Diyas, Yafan Wang and finally Denisa Allertova. Shvedova actually saved a match point in final match of qualifying against Allertova in a tense final set tiebreaker. The Kazakh carried momentum from her run through qualies into the main draw where she upset last week’s St. Petersburg champion Roberta Vinci 6-0 4-6 6-3. Shvedova will face another Italian in the form of Sara Errani in the second round, an opponent Shvedova matches up extremely well against.
Sara Errani has made a really disappointing start to the season. The Italian arrived in Dubai on a 4 match losing streak but managed to break that string of losses with a hard-fought 7-5 6-3 victory over Saisai Zheng in the first round in Dubai on Tuesday. Errani will have revenge on her mind leading into her second round clash with Yaroslava Shvedova, an opponent that embarrassed her in their most recent clash.
Yaroslava Shvedova holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Sara Errani and has won the 3 most recent meetings between the pair. Shvedova famously defeated Errani 6-4 6-0 at Wimbledon in 2012 without dropping a point in the opening set. Shvedova absolutely bossed Errani around the court that day in a clinical performance.
I think Shvedova should be able to continue her winning ways against Errani. This is clearly a good match-up for Shvedova who boasts extreme power in her game and is easily able to blow Errani off the court. The conditions in Dubai will further aid Shvedova in this match-up, especially because they will be playing during the afternoon where the ball will fly through the air. This match is all on Shvedova’s racquet and her recent form suggests she will be good enough to win this match, a golden opportunity for Shvedova to reach a premier level quarter-final for the first time in a while.