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Sabalenka vs Aiava WTA s-Hertogenbosch Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Sabalenka begins s-Hertogenbosch campaign against teenager, Aiava

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 11 Jun 2019
  • Aryna Sabalenka vs Destanee Aiava is live from s-Hertogenbosch on Tuesday, 11 June from 12:30pm local time/ 11:30am BST
  • First meeting between Sabalenka and Aiava
Aryna Sabalenka (PA Sport)

World No. 10, Aryna Sabalenka launches her grass-court campaign on Tuesday when she takes on teenage wildcard, Destanee Aiava in the first round of the Libema Open in s-Hertogenbosch.

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Sabalenka has not quite had the season she would have wanted, especially after opening with a title run in Shenzhen, as she has made just two other semi-finals after that, in St. Petersburg and Strasbourg, and failed to reach a quarter final in the 11 other tournaments she has featured in. Overall, she's 17-11 for the season.

Despite her indifferent form, Sabalenka has maintained a top-ten ranking for most of 2019, and that's because she hasn't had many points to defend, but she's got a sizeable amount of points to defend in the second half of the season, which puts her top-ten status in danger.

Sabalenka reached the quarter finals in s-Hertogenbosch last season, beating Marketa Vondrousova and Ajla Tomljanovic before falling to Kirsten Flipkens, and a couple of tournaments later, she made the final in Eastbourne in just her fourth grass-court tour-level event (lost to Caroline Wozniacki).  A strong second half of the season yielded titles in New Haven and Wuhan, while she made the semis in Cincinnati, and got to the Round of 16 at the US Open- the first time she'd made it to the second week of a Slam.

She peaked at No. 11 on the rankings and ended the year at 13th, but she didn't take long to move into the top 10 in 2019, joining that elite group after the Australian Open. Her form since then has not quite been top-ten level- can she get herself going against with a strong grass season? She starts off against Destanee Aiava in s-Hertogenbosch on Tuesday.

Aiava made history at the start of 2017 when she became the first player born in the 2000s to compete in the main of a Grand Slam, and she would break into the world's top 150 later that year on the back of a strong run on the ITF Tour, featuring title runs in Perth and Mornington. However, she is yet to really break through on the main tour, and is currently ranked 214th in the world.

Since making her tour-level debut in 2017, Aiava has won just three main draw matches, one each in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Tuesday's match against Sabalenka in s-Hertogenbosch will be her first match on grass at WTA level.

Aiava's only WTA victory this year was in her first match of the year, when she defeated Kristina Mladenovic in Brisbane. She fell to Naomi Osaka in the second round, and then to Madison Keys in the first round of the Australian Open. She did not play another tour-level match until she qualified for Charleston in April, but she failed to cross the first hurdle, beaten in the first round by Belinda Bencic.

The 19-year-old has spent most of the season on the ITF circuit- her stand-out result being a title run Canberra in March. She has done very little either side of that. Aiava suffered four consecutive first round main draw defeats after Canberra, including one at WTA level in Charleston, before snapping that losing streak with victory over Claudia Hoste Ferrer in a W25 meet in Essen Germany at the start of June.

Tuesday's meeting with Sabalenka is the first between the two, and given how much the Australian has struggled to register wins at this level over the last three years, and her recent poor form at all levels, it's a good opportunity for Sabalenka to get her grass campaign off to a very positive start.

Aryna Sabalenka vs Destanee Aiava is live from s-Hertogenbosch on Tuesday, 11 June from 12:30pm local time/ 11:30am BST


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Sabalenka vs Aiava WTA s-Hertogenbosch Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Sabalenka begins s-Hertogenbosch campaign against teenager, Aiava

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