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Sabalenka vs Yastremska WTA Strasbourg live streaming, preview and tips - Sabalenka and Yastremska target second WTA final of 2019

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 24 May 2019
  • Aryna Sabalenka vs Dayana Yastremska is live from Strasbourg around 2.00pm local time on Friday (1.00pm BST)
  • This will be their first career meeting at tour-level
Aryna Sabalenka (PA Images)

Rising stars Aryna Sabalenka and Dayana Yastremska continue their quest for a second WTA title of 2019 when the pair square off in the Internationaux de Strasbourg semi-finals on Friday.

While much of the attention on Thursday was focused on the French Open draw in Paris, across the country there’s a handful of players aiming for a piece of WTA silverware, with Aryna Sabalenka and Dayana Yastremska set to clash in an intriguing Internationaux de Strasbourg semi-final on Friday.

Sabalenka was struggling before arriving in Strasbourg this week, failing to win back-to-back matches for over two months and dating back to Indian Wells, but the World No. 11 is beginning to recapture her groove, advancing into her first semi-final since St. Petersburg in February for the loss of just one set. Sabalenka took care of Lin Zhu and Laura Siegemund in straights across the first two rounds before avenging a Charleston loss to Monica Puig in the quarter-finals on Thursday, overcoming a mid-match lapse to conquer the reigning Olympic gold medalist 6-1 3-6 6-2.

"I’m happy that I found my game here in Strasbourg," Sabalenka said after her win. "It’s a nice crowd here, it’s cool to be here."

With the French Open draw handing her tough opening round in Paris against former No. 4 Dominika Cibulkova, Sabalenka will be determined to continue her good form in Strasbourg and build even more momentum before heading to Roland Garros.

After putting together an outstanding back-half of 2018 to surge into the top 15, namely beating eight top 10 players from June to October as she won her first two WTA titles in New Haven and Wuhan, finished runner-up in Eastbourne, made the semi-finals in Cincinnati, quarter-finals in Beijing and Tianjin and the fourth round of the U.S. Open, Sabalenka has struggled to maintain that level and consistency throughout the first five months of 2019.

Sabalenka launched the year successfully, winning her third WTA title in Shenzhen, making the third round of the Australian Open and reaching the semi-finals in St. Petersburg, but she was only able to win four tour-level matches from the middle of February up until Strasbourg this week. Sabalenka was also winless on clay before this week, going down to Svetlana Kuznetsova in Madrid and Alize Cornet in Rome, but she’s starting to find her best tennis again in Strasbourg. Can she make a second final of 2019 on Friday?

Dayana Yastremska (PA Images)
Dayana Yastremska will prove a formidable obstacle to overcome. Much like Sabalenka, the 19-year-old sensation started 2019 with a bang as she won her second WTA title in Hua Hin, but she suffered some setbacks after that, losing six of her next seven matches as she dealt with injury and illness problems. However, Yastremska has put those issues behind her in Strasbourg, advancing to the semi-finals in dominant fashion with one-sided victories over Pauline Parmentier (6-2 6-4), Sam Stosur (6-0 6-2) and Fiona Ferro (6-1 6-3).


The first player born in the 2000s to break into the top 100 when she did so in July last year, Yastremska was a Wimbledon junior runner-up in 2016 and ranked as high as No. 6 in the world as a junior that season, but she’s well and truly left that behind as she quickly establishes herself as one of the brightest young prospects in women’s tennis, winning her maiden WTA title in Hong Kong towards the end of last year as she finished 2018 at No. 60 in the world after starting it at No. 189.

A semi-final in Luxembourg at the end of last season, a quarter-final in Hobart, a third round finish at the Australian Open and that aforementioned title triumph in Hua Hin has propelled Yastremska up to No. 42 in the world coming into Strasbourg - and that number is once again set to rise after making at least the semi-finals.

Yastremska won their only previous meeting, but that came back in 2017 in the quarter-finals of an ITF event. Both players have improve significantly since that meeting, but right now, I’d say both are operating at a similar level, which should make this a very tight contest. Yastremska is so confident and fearless and I wouldn’t be surprised if she rises into the top 20 later this year, much like Sabalenka did last year - and I think she’s favourite for this clash. Sabalenka is playing a lot better this week, but I’m still not sure if she’s got all of her mojo back. It’s a great chance for Yastremska to reach a third WTA final in the last eight months.


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Sabalenka vs Yastremska WTA Strasbourg live streaming, preview and tips - Sabalenka and Yastremska target second WTA final of 2019

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