Arina Folts vs Tsurenko
QF match in Hobart between the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and the Ukrainian player Lesia Tsurenko.
Aryna Sabalenka is a rising star and I'm confident she will find the way to reach top 20-30 till the end of the year. She is 19 years old, tall, over 1.80m hitting the ball with a lot of power and speed from the baseline. She has bery good and fast 1st serve, but her 2nd serve has to be improved because she is vulnerable on attacks and Halep punished that last week. Of course, she can't be compared at this moment with the best women in the ranking but her name has to be remembered. Maybe she will become the next Belarusian star after Azarenka. Aryna has played 5 matches till the start of this year and earned 4 impressive wins in straight sets over Niculescu, Bouchard, Kovicic and Zhang, while Halep outplayed her in straight sets.
Lesia Tsurenko has similar start of the season with 3 wins and 1 loss. She beat Barthy, Babos and Putintseva, while her loss is by Kanepi. There is a difference of 9 years between them that's the main reason they don't play each other till now. Sabalenka will be the aggressive one from the baseline, that's for sure. It depends how accurate she will be in her shots. If she finds regularly the opposite side of the court, she will have no problems to win even in straight sets. The start of her matches is very important- good starts boost her a lot. Tsurenko can't be underestimated, of course, she has a lot of experience, but I think the aggression by Sabalenka will decide the final outcome of the match and she will progress to SFs.
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Arina Folts vs Tsurenko prediction
|Aryna Sabalenka||Pinnacle||2.00||9||0-2 LOST (-9 units)|