WTA Dubai 2024 Finals: Anna Kalinskaya vs Jasmine Paolini; Preview, Head-to-Head and Prediction

Published 02/23/2024, 10:03 PM EST

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With a display of talent, willpower, and pure mastery anticipated, the Dubai Tennis Championship has now narrowed down to a gripping match between two talents of the game in the intense heat of the arid landscape. After upsetting Coco Gauff and World No.1 Iga Swiatek in successive rounds, qualifier Anna Kalinskaya has made it to the tournament’s championship round. She will face Jasmine Paolini in her bid for the title. Here is everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated clash.

Anna Kalinskaya vs. Jasmine Paolini: Preview 

Both the Dubai finalists made their way to the finals after overcoming notable players in the circuit. The Russian tennis player, who entered the tournament as a qualifier, defeated Storm Hunter and Cristina Busca in the first couple of rounds. In the quarters, she came back from a set down to beat World No.3 Coco Gauff and followed that up with a win over Iga Swaitek. And she achieved this in her first encounter with the Pole. The 25-year-old not only served well but sprinkled the ball around, ensuring the otherwise consistent Swaitek made 13 forehand unforced errors compared to her 3.


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Since the Australian Open, Kalinskaya has made a lot of waves in the WTA, owing to her deep run to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Qinwen Zheng, the eventual finalist. She’s stayed consistent since then, making it to her first WTA final. What made her semifinal win all that remarkable was that she beat Swiatek in straight sets. Only Jelena Ostapenko and a select others have accomplished this feat before.


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On the other side of the net, the Italian tennis player overcame Sorana Cîrstea in straight sets to reach the final. Along the way, she beat players like Beatriz Haddad Maia, Leylah Fernandez, and Maria Sakkari. The World No.26 will now face Kalinskaya in what will be a rematch of their round of 16 Australian Open match. In her bid for a second career title, Paolini could become the second Italian in two months to win a major tennis championship.

While both of them are close to achieving a huge milestone in their tennis careers, let’s look at how they’ve stacked up against each other in the past.

Anna Kalinskaya vs Jasmine Paolini: head-to-head 

Both of them recently had the opportunity to play and study each other’s game during the Australian Open. When they went against each other for a spot in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal, Kalinskaya won 6-4, 6-2. They’ve competed on one other occasion in the past, meeting in the 2021 Slovenia Open in the round of 16. However, that time around, Paolini got the better of Kalinskaya, winning 6-3, 6-2.

It’s no secret that this match is important for both of them. So, who will take home the WTA 1000 title?


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Prediction: Paolini to win the WTA Dubai 2024 title 

Nothing can be taken for granted or assured since women’s tennis is nothing less than an exhilarating ride. This will be the 25-year-old Russian tennis player’s maiden WTA Tour final, defeating 3 of the world’s top 10 players to make her way to this milestone. Considering she’s riding on a high, she’ll want to take her journey another step further. However, Paolini may prove to be a formidable force to beat.

Even though this is the Italian’s first final at this level, she has already won the 2021 Portoroz, demonstrating her remarkable tennis abilities. The final will be Kalinskaya’s eighth match of the tournament. But for Paolini, it’ll be only her fifth. After defeating Sakkari in the round of 16, she was set to play Elena Rybakina. However, the World No.26 received a walkover after the Kazaksthani player withdrew. Apart from the less time on court compared to Kalinskaya, Paolini has experience competing in championship matches, which could help her clinch the title.


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Pratishtha Prakash


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