Sara Errani, who produced some tremendous performances in Doha last week, will be trying to continue her 2013 campaign with a win against her first round opponent, Julia Goerges, in Dubai on Tuesday and everything is pointing towards her being able to do that without any real difficulties.
Match: Sara Errani vs Julia Goerges
Selection: Sara Errani (-2.5 games)
Best Odds: 1.80 @ Bet365
It was a fabulous week for the Italian over in Doha, where she was able to beat Timea Babos and Daniela Hantuchova before losing against the eventual champion, Viktoria Azarenka. Not only that, but she also managed to win the doubles title with Roberta Vinci. She will now have to mover over to Dubai in order to compete in yet another very interesting WTA event, but it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see her continuing her great 2013 campaign with another decent first round victory.
Thankfully for her, the trip from Doha to Dubai is rather short, so there should be no problems with jet lags or other travel issues. And the conditions are not that different either, so you would expect her to be up and running right from the start. She will face a tough opponent in Julia Goerges, who preferred to stay away from the last week’s event, but the match-up nevertheless seems to be stacked up in her favour right now.
With the conditions in Dubai being rather slow, Errani should have no problems with getting the German into longer rallies and then outplaying her from the baseline, which is exactly what she likes doing the most. There is only one way for Georges to win here – namely, she has to go for the big shots and paint the lines with them. Unfortunately, she has been rather error-prone recently and it is hard to see her finding her range against someone as solid as the world’s number seven.