The first 1/8 finals of the much important WTA Dubai kicks of on the 17th of february and the viking has got his eye on the fixture between Carla Suarez Navarro and Caroline Garcia. With over 400k$ and 470 “road to Singapore” points on the line this event is important to establish a strong start in this years WTA tour. Navarro will be looking to come back on track following her defeat in the australian open quarter finals a couple of weeks ago and the Spaniard made a good performance in Dubai last year, reaching the quarter finals in singles tournament and the finals in the doubles tournament with Garbine Muguruzza. Garcia on the other hand got defeated in the second round last year and lost to Barbora Stryczcova with 2-6, 4-6 in the first round of the australian open.
Carla Suarez Navarro will be coming into this game with 4 victories and 1 defeat in her latest 5 games. Carla’s 1 defeat was in the quarter finals of the australian open where she lost against the rank 4 Agnieszka Radwanska with 1-6, 3-6. Even though Carla has found greater success in the double’s tournaments she is progressing continuously in the singles ranking and have climbed to rank 11 this year, with this and her strong performance over at the Australian open in mind she is one of the top contenders over in Dubai.
Caroline Garcia will be coming into this game with 3 victories and 2 defeats in her latest 5 games. Garcia have won 3 straight matches against lower ranked players all in straight sets which proves as a testament that she might become a force to be reckoned which in this years tour. This will be Garcia’s second hard court match following 2 straight sets defeats prior to winning over rank 29 Anna Karoline Schmiedlova in the first round of this event with 6-4, 6-1.
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The viking’s prediction for this game is a straight set victory for Carla Suarez Navarro. This is the first head to head meeting between Navarro and Garcia and as such we can not use any h2h stats for a preview. However both players are progressing through the ranks but there is a severe class difference between the two as Navarro is reaching the peak of her career where as Garcia is just beginning hers.
The line on Carla might seem to good to be true with this and their difference in rank in mind but it’s likely due to Garcia being able to defeat Sara Errani, Camila Giorgi and Schmiedlova in straight sets, however Carla Suarez Navarro is a level beyond all of those players and the smart gambler will be looking to capitalize on the value of the Navarro winner pick.
Carla Suarez Navarro – Caroline Garcia 2-0 @ 2.60
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