Kvitova vs Barty
That's the final match in Sydney between Petra Kvitova and Ashleigh Barty.
Both of them are top 20 players, Kvitova is N8, while Barty is N15 and with this final maybe they have a chance to progress a little bit in the ranking. They have two direct matches in Roland Garros 2012 and Birmingham 2017(grass) and Kvitova won both of them, but still no matches between them on hard courts. Big part of the audience will support Barty, because she will play infront of home crowd, but we saw so many times how this is not such a big factor in tennis. In the final are the two best players, motivated to the max to grab the title. I avoid playing women tennis most of the time, but here I have a big reason to believe who will be the winner of the tournament in Sydney and that's why I decided to make this pick.
Ashleigh performed very good during this week and she defeated players like Ostapenko, Halep, Mertens and Bertens. Big names for sure, but Ostapenko and Halep are totally out of form right now and it was expected to beat them in that moment. Mertens also was not such a big test for her, but Bertens pushed Barty to her limits for sure. It was a long three-sets match and maybe it will influence much more on her condition in the final than the SF match Kvitova had. Barty is a quality player, but she always fails to beat the very best in women tennis. Last year she also played in the final in Sydney, but lost it in straight sets 6:4 6:4 against Kerber.
On the other side in Petra Kvitova and she defeated Sabalenka(she won the tournament in Shenzhen 2019), Su Wei Hsieh who had very good performance in Auckland and then she defeated the defending champion Kerber and the progressing Belarussian Sasnovich. Her wins in the QF against Kerber with 6:4 6:1 and in the SF against Sasnovich with 6:1 6:2 were quite impressive and proved Kvitova feels very, very comfortable right now on the court. She serves very solid and her play from the baseline is outstandingly good. She can make winners absolutely from every single part of the court right now. She made so many brilliant winners against Kerber and Sasnovich, so I expect to shock Ashleigh in the final just beating her from the baseline where Barty feels comfortable. That's the way to beat Ashleigh- to weaken her performance form the baseline, to make a lot of powerful winners and to start her making error after error. Ashleigh doesn't have such a fast serve, so her 2nd serves will be attacked by Kvitova for sure like it happened against Sasnovich today.
I will never, absolutely never go against Kvitova in a final match even if she plays against Serena(better to miss playing it than to bet against the Czech). When she plays such a tennis, there is no way not to pick her in the final. Easy or hard I bet on Kvitova to win the trophy in Sydney.
Kvitova vs Barty prediction
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