TennisSection previews the 2023 WTA Dubai Tennis Championships as Iga Swiatek takes on Barbora Krejcikova in the final on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
Iga Swiatek will take on Barbora Krejcikova in a repeat of their final in Ostrava last year. Will the Pole come out on top this time and clinch her second title of the season? Or will Krejcikova win her first WTA 1000 trophy against the odds at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships?
Iga Swiatek saw off Coco Gauff for the sixth time in their series, doing so in straight sets. It means the American is yet to win a set against the World No. 1 in any of their matches and which doesn’t bode well in their rivalry in the future. Swiatek dropped six games, which is the most she has surrendered in a single match during the Middle East swing this year, but Swiatek will not be too fussed about it. She broke the Gauff serve five times from 10 chances. Her return game will be key against Barbora Krejcikova on Saturday.
Barbora Krejcikova, meanwhile, has got her season back on track after a disappointing couple of tournaments in the Middle East. Krejcikova reached her second WTA Dubai Tennis Championships with a 6-0 5-7 6-1 win over USA’s No. 1 Jessica Pegula. It was an odds-defying win, but Krejcikova was finding her rhythm throughout the week after garnering wins over the likes of Daria Kasaktina and Petra Kvitova. Can she shock Iga Swiatek again?
Iga Swiatek leads Barbora Krejcikova 2-1 in their head-to-head. Krejcikova won their last meeting in the Ostrava final in a classic. Although Krejcikova has found her footing at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships, it is difficult to see how she can hurt an in-form Swiatek. The Pole doesn’t have any holes in her game right now, and aside from one or two dud games, there has not been any serious lapse in concentration. Expect Swiatek to reign supreme in Dubai.
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