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WTA Dubai 2024: Iga Swiatek vs Anna Kalinskaya, Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 02/22/2024, 11:56 PM EST

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The Dubai Tennis Championship is proving to be the blockbuster it promised. With the tournament advancing to its semifinal round, Iga Swiatek is set to be in a gripping competition against Anna Kalinskaya. While the win predictor might be in favor of the World No.1 owing to the amazing momentum she currently has, Kalinskaya cannot be undermined. Especially after her victory against US Open champion Coco Gauff. Let’s see who has better odds to win the match!

Iga Swiatek Vs Anna Kalinskaya: Preview

Iga Swiatek is playing super well! She beat tough players like Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, and Zheng Qinwen on the way to the semifinals. She’s great at defending, too! When she played against Zheng Qinwen in the quarters, Swiatek ensured the Chinese player didn’t let her capitalize when it mattered most. After her title run in Doha, the Pole is aiming for the same result in Dubai, where she made it to the final in 2023. With the Beijing Open and the WTA Finals under her belt as well, getting past her has been a daunting task for most. Not having dropped a set on her way to the last four, next up is Kalinskaya.

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On the other side, Anna Kalinskaya has also been giving it her all, doing what it takes to keep her chances alive in Dubai. She beat Coco Gauff in the quarters after a hard-fought three-set win. Getting the better of the World No.3 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, it was a big deal for her. It’s her first time beating someone in the top 5, and she’s only the fourth qualifier ever to reach the semifinals in Dubai.

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Even though her shoulder was bothering her, she didn’t give up and won another match against a top 10 player, having beaten Jelena Ostapenko in the round of 16. She did well in the Australian Open, too, making it to the quarterfinals. Now, she’s aiming for her first-ever WTA final, showing how much she’s improving and achieving on the tour!

Swiatek Vs Kalinskaya: Head-to-head

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The upcoming competition between Iga Swiatek and Anna Kalinskaya will be their first time facing off, as they have never played against each other before. They both have different playing styles and experience levels; therefore, the semifinal match-up will surely be a worthy showdown. Who’ll make the first impact on their head-to-head record?

Prediction: Iga Swiatek to come out on top with a straight-set victory

Iga Swiatek seems to have a better chance of winning. She’s been in this position multiple times in her career. Her recent run of form after the Australian Open, coupled with the consistency she’s shown, may give her the upper hand. Even though the faster courts aren’t exactly where she’s most comfortable, her journey to the semifinals without dropping a set is a testament to how well she’s adapting her game.

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However, Anna Kalinskaya has been a dark horse in the tournament, making her way to the semis right from the qualifiers. So, even though Swiatek is expected to win, the Russian could just continue her impressive run, reaching her first WTA final. Who do you think will come out on top?

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Akshay Kapoor

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