Sixth seeded Aryna Sabalenka will hope to get back into some form ahead of the first major of the season when she takes on Hsieh Su-Wei in the inaugural 2020 WTA Adelaide International on Monday, January 13. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Aryna Sabalenka v Hsieh Su-Wei live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Aryna Sabalenka v Hsieh Su-Wei Head to Head
This will be the third time these two will be facing off at the WTA level and surprise, surprise, Hsieh Su-Wei leads the head to head 2-0. What’s even more interesting is both these wins came over the past two years, when Sabalenka was already at her peak. Makes for an interesting match-up for Sabalenka who is looking to get back into decent form.
Early Shenzhen Upset for Sabalenka
Sabalenka looked like the favourite to defend her title at Shenzhen when she started off with an easy win over Margarita Gasparyan in her opener. However, in a surprise result, she fell 6-4, 6-4 to Kristyna Pliskova in the second round to bow out of the tournament.
As a result, Sabalenka has opted to pick up a wildcard for this Adelaide International competition, and comes in as the sixth seed here. With three titles under her belt in 2019, a couple of good wins in this tournament should help her regain some of the confidence. After all she had finished the previous season with a title win at the WTA Elite competition, winning four in four to lift the trophy.
There, she had beaten Elise Mertens and Kiki Bertens, after having won the title in Wuhan nearly a month before that. Again, Bertens and Ash Barty were at the receiving end of her prowess. Which is why, while the loss at the hands of Pliskova came as a surprise, she should get back to her ways soon enough.
Hsieh Su-Wei Steady but Can She Push Her Opponent?
The 34-year-old Su-Wei has been around for a while and kept chugging along. She is 34, has a career-best rank of 23rd and currently ranked 33rd in the world. And while she did not have the greatest start to the season at Brisbane, going down to Anett Kontaveit, she is a doughty customer on the circuit.
Su-Wei’s favourite surface is hard court, having won five titles in her career and all of which having come on it. This includes her last one in 2018 in Hiroshima. Since then she has dished out steady performances without going the distance, having started 2019 ranked 28th, going to a season-high of 24th and finishing the year at 33rd.
In 2019, she had a 23-16 win-loss record on hard court surfaces, on the lines of her usual strike-rate on that surface. She’s made a poor start here but could push Sabalenka yet again.
Aryna Sabalenka v Hsieh Su-Wei Predictions & Tips
Sabalenka starts off a favourite here but we can expect her to be pushed to the distance and a three-setter looks like it’s in the offing.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 8/5 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)