A traditional bunch of major women’s tennis tournaments in Dubai and Doha. Who is ready to perform successfully? What statistical tennis trends work in tournaments? About this and not only another blog post.
For the next two weeks, from February 17 to February 29, all the attention of tennis fans will be focused on the hard tournaments in Dubai and Doha. The peculiarity of the competition is that in even-numbered years a Premier category tournament is played in Dubai, and a more prestigious Premier-5 tournament in odd years. Accordingly, the opposite is true in Doha. Thus, there is an alternation between cities in the status of tournaments. In 2020, first in Dubai, tennis players will compete for the Premier title, and then in Doha there will be Premier 5.
Which tennis player has had serious ranking points since last year?
The winners of last year’s tournaments are Eliza Mertens (Doha) and Belinda Bencic (Dubai). Obviously, big glasses will be protected. However, it is worth mentioning separately those who, rather unexpectedly, were able to “shoot” in a bunch of tournaments in 2019 and for whom the loss of points can seriously affect the rating.
The current 55th racket of the world Carla Suarez-Navarro played in the second round of Doha in the 2029 season and reached the quarterfinals in Dubai. Tennis player in Dubai makes her way out of qualification. Karla plays a bunch of career tournaments from year to year. Karla had the last title in Doha in 2016.
Representative of Taiwan Xie Su-Wei had a bad start in the 2020 season. Before the start in Dubai qualifying, the tennis player lost all her three January matches. Already left unprotected last year’s Oakland semi-finals and the third round of Australian Open. Ahead is the defense of points for the semifinals in Dubai and the second round in Doha. In case of unsuccessful performances, Xie Su-Wei risks losing his place in the top 50 of the WTA rankings.
Who is ready for success in Dubai and Doha?
The second racket of the world Simona Halep feels good in a bunch of hard tournaments. Most often, Simone fails to pass exactly two tournaments at once, but at one of the tournaments she taught her fans to succeed.
This season, Halep played a successful Australian Open with reaching the semifinals. Didn’t play for the national team in the Fed Cup. We expect that he will be in good shape at the start of the tournaments in Dubai and Doha.
Australian Open finalist Garbinier Mugurus loudly reminded of herself in Melbourne. Now is the time to continue your successes in Dubai and Doha. Even in not the most successful season for herself in 2019, Mugurusa in Dubai reached the third round. Back in 2018, the Spanish tennis player had an excellent combination with the final and semi-final.
Success in Melbourne allowed Mugurus to return to the top 20. Upcoming tournaments are a great opportunity to take a step towards returning to the top 10.
At the tournament in Dubai in the first round of Mugurus will play against the legendary Kim Clijsters, which will play its first match after an eight-year break. We think that with the game that we saw at Mugurusa at Australian Open, the Belgian tennis player will have very little chances.
For the fourth racket of the world Elina Svitolina tournaments in Qatar and the UAE are always priority and one of the most successful. Moreover, Dubai stands out more. For the first time Elina played here in 2015. She was then able to go through the first round at the removal of Vandeweghe, but then lost to Kvitova. But since 2016, for four seasons, I have never taken off before the semi-final in Dubai. During this time, Svitolina has two titles and two semifinals.
Svitolina did not have the most successful results in January. She has already managed to play last week in Hua Hin, where she won two matches, losing in the quarterfinals of Hibino. It was clearly evident from the match that I played with a margin and did not strive to win. The main target now is Dubai.
Losers of the Dubai – Doha pairing
From the top ten WTA, we would like to mention, first of all, Naomi Osaka . The elimination in the third round of Australian Open led to a drop in the rankings to 10th position. After that failure, Naomi played for the national team in the Fed Cup. She was not like herself, losing to Sorribes Tormo (0-6, 3-6). The coaches did not even put their leader in the second game.
There are serious doubts that Osaka will make serious progress in Dubai or Doha. For the entire time of her performances on the tour, only once in 2018 was she able to reach the quarterfinals in Dubai. Mladenovic lost in the opening match in Dubai last year. The odds for Christina to win in that game were over 5.00.
Australian Open Champion 2020 Sofia Kenin has very little experience playing in Dubai and Doha. I played here only once, when in 2019 I was able to complete two rounds in Dubai. It will not be easy for Sofia to continue her Australian successes. We regularly observe how young tennis players, after high-profile successes, cannot come to their senses for a long time. Already in the match for the national team in the Fed Cup against Ostapenko, we saw an unsuccessful game and defeat (3-6, 6-2, 2-6).
Petru Martic should be noted among the possible losers. The Croatian tennis player had her most successful season in 2019, entered the top 15 of the WTA rankings. Things aren’t going well in 2020. Only two wins in five games played. Of the three defeats, two were bookmaker favorites.
Tournaments in Dubai and Doha throughout her career for the 29-year-old tennis player were unsuccessful. I never managed to complete one circle of the main grid.