Amanda Anisimova 2.46, Ekaterina Alexandrova 1.59
First round. Due to start around 3:30 pm
This will be their first meeting.
Alexandrova has stronger overall results in the last 12 months. Her hard court results are also better in the same period.
Anisimova made a decent start to the season. She reached the semi finals in Auckland in the first week of January. Since then she has played 2 matches and lost both in 3 sets as favourite. At the Australian Open she lost to Zarina Diyas and Barbora Strycova beat her last week in Dubai. She won the opening set in both those matches.
Alexandrova ended 2019 strongly with the title in Limoges in December. She won the title in Shenzhen in her first tournament of 2020 and then made the third round in Melbourne. She reached the semi finals indoors in St Petersburg 2 weeks ago. She did not play last week so should be well rested. She has won 12 of 14 matches in 2020.
Anisimova should be competitive but I have to favour Alexandrova. Back Alexandrova around 1.90.
Update: A little disappointing from Alexandrova. She lost the opening set with a single break of serve. In set 2 she was broken at 3-3 but immediately broke back. When Anisimova served at 5-6 Alexandrova had 2 set points but couldn’t take them. Anisimova took the set and match in a tie break.
Anisimova won 6-3, 7-6.