WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Garcia v Pavlyuchenkova

Due to start at 5:30 pm

Garcia 2.02, Pavlyuchenkova 1.96

Pavlyuchenkova leads their previous matches 3-1. They last met on a hard court in Tokyo last September. Garcia won in 3 sets. Pavlyuchenkova’s wins were all in 2 sets with the most recent one being on a hard court in Monterrey in April 2017.

Stronger 12 month results for Garcia although Pavlyuchenkova has made the better start to 2019. Pavlyuchenkova has won 5 of her 8 matches on hard courts this year. Garcia won 2 of her 4 and has struggled for consistency.

Garcia found some better form indoors a week ago in the France v Belgium Fed Cup tie and beat Mertens in straight sets. She reached the quarter finals in Dubai last season and the semi finals in 2016.

Caroline Garcia

Caroline Garcia

Pavlyuchenkova has a pretty poor record in Dubai. She has lost in the first round in her last 5 visits including last season when she lost in straight sets to Johanna Konta. She made the quarter finals in 2010.

This will be very close and we have a good chance of 3 sets. Some value on Garcia.  Lay Pavlyuchenkova around 1.70 or wait for her to break before laying her.

 

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