WTA Dubai: Garcia v Safarova, 16:30

Garcia 1.60, Safarova 2.62

This will be their first meeting.

Overall results are stronger for Garcia over last 12 months. Hard court results also favour her. The second half of last season was particularly good for her. She started 2018 with a retirement in the first round in Brisbane but bounced back at the Australian Open and made the fourth round. Last week in Doha she lost in the quarter finals to Muguruza in 3 sets.

Caroline Garcia

Safarova also ended 2017 fairly well. This year she started well with a tight loss to in form Kerber and then a third round finish in Melbourne. She was a little disappointing last week and lost to Goerges in straight sets in Doha.

If Safarova serves well then this can be a long match. I would favour Garcia to play the important points better.

Back Garcia above 2.00

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