Defending champion Garcia needs to lift her level to stop Sabalenka
Due to start at 1 pm
Sabalenka 1.47, Garcia 3.05
Sabalenka won their only previous meeting. That was in August this year in Cincinnati. She won in 3 close sets.
Better overall results for Sabalenka. On hard courts she leads 75% v 60% matches won.
Garcia is the defending champion this week. She has had 2 tough matches so far. In the first round Yafan Wang had 16 break chances and broke Garcia 5 times in 3 sets. Garcia’s serve improved in the next round against Hercog and she was broken once from 5 break points. Garcia won 7-6, 6-3.
Sabalenka beat Muguruza in a superb match in the last round. She won in straight sets. She had 16 break points on the Muguruza serve and converted 4 of them. Sabalenka only faced 7 break points and was broken twice.
Garcia has the game to trouble Sabalenka but isn’t quite at her best. Back Sabalenka above 1.80.