26th-ranked Dayana Yastremska will kick-start her campaign with a first round match against Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova in the first round of the 2020 Dubai Duty Tennis Championships on Tuesday, February 18. The match timings will be announced at the end of the day’s play on Monday. You can find the Dayana Yastremska v Veronika Kudermetova live streaming options along with itiss preview, head to head and tips here.
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Dayana Yastremska v Veronika Kudermetova Head to Head
These two have already played each other a couple of times with Kuermetova winning both times. The first one came on the clay of a lower-circuit event in 2016 but in 2019 they met in the quarterfinal of the Tianjin Open and Kudermetova completed a 6-4, 6-0 rout of Yastremska.
Mixed Start for Yastremska So Far
A first round exit at the Brisbane International could be put down to the fact she was playing Kiki Bertens that early but she was also sent packing by Caroline Wozniacki in the second round at the Australian Open. It was followed by bit of an unnecessary controversy for Yastremska as Wozniacki joined a growing tribe of tennis players to complain against her unsporting behaviour in the match.
Earlier, before she had begun her campaign at the season’s first major, the confidence in the Yastremska camp might have been sky high. After all she had followed her first round defeat at Brisbane with four, straight-set wins at Adelaide which included the decimation of Angelique Kerber, Donna Vekic and Aryna Sabalenka.
While Yastremska fell to Ash Barty in the final, she has shown enough potential in her short career so far she can go the distance and regularly at that. After all, the Ukrainian had won two titles last year too to reach a career-best of 21st and will be hoping she can continue with her good form here.
Three successive singles at the Fed Cup in the week before last should help her no end in that venture.
Kudermetova Hovering Around Her Best
Kudermetova has climbed up to 39th in the world, just one rank away from her career-best but such is the pedigree of the players involved in this competition, she had had to go through the qualifiers to make it to the main draw of this Dubai Tennis Championships. That included a final round, 6-4, 6-2 drubbing of Betthanie Mattek-Sands.
The Russian had announced herself to the world with her first WTA title last season at Guadalajara but did not start this season off too well. After failing to qualify for the Brisbane International, Kudermetova then lost in the first round at the Australian Open and was defeated in both her Fed Cup matches.
It was only in between all of that she showed the bit of sparkle which had put her forward as one of the players to watch out – a semifinal at Hobart, which was obviously aided by the pull-out of Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals.
Can she now pull off something special against Yastremska?
Dayana Yastremska v Veronika Kudermetova Predictions & Tips
This looks like Yastremska’s match to lose and she might even win it in straight sets. However, those could be hard-fought straight sets and might look at the games market.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 8/11 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)