WTA Dubai: Konta v Pavlyuchenkova, 16:30

Konta 1.41, Pavlyuchenkova 3.30

This will be the first time they have played.

Pavlyuchenkova has made a poor start to the year with 1 win from 4 matches.  Her losses were all in straight sets. Her defeats to Cibulkova and Makarova had very tight sets.  She has not won a main draw match in Dubai since 2010 when she reached the quarter finals.

Johanna Konta

Konta has played well. She made the quarter finals in Brisbane but retired in the third set against Svitolina. She got to the third round last week in Doha where she lost in 3 sets to Kerber. She has had injury issues already this year but has seemed ok in recent weeks.

I favour Konta to win but would like to back her after she gets broken.

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