Barty vs Sakkari (By: Stanioooo)
3rd round match in Australian Open between Ashleigh Barty and Maria Sakkari.
Both players have 2 direct matches and it's 1:1. Barty won in Taipei during 2016, while in Indian Wells 2018 Sakkari was the winner. This time they will meet in Melbourne on a gland slam event and Barty will be supported by the home crowd from the beginning till the end. The crowd rely mostly on her to do something bigger as achivement this season as Kyrgios is out, while De Minaur faces Nadal, so she is expected to be the home player with the best result in Australian Open. It's also an opening match during the daily session, so I think Barty will be pretty motivated for a fast and confident start.
Barty performed very well during Hopman cup with two wins against Muguruza and Cornet(in straight sets) and a loss against Angie(also in straight sets). In Sydney she reached the final where she faced Kvitova and was so close to beat her even in straight sets, but the Czech showed very strong nerves after losing the first set with 6:1. Barty is flying during the start of the season, she's doing less unexpected errors and more winners from the baseline, her serve helps her a lot for easier points and all these led to two more wins in Melbourne against Kumkhum and Wang in straight sets after brilliant display.
Sakkari also played in Hopman cup and lost her match against Serena in straight sets, while against Bencic and Boulter she found the way to win the matches. In Hobart she lost against Linette in three sets, while in Melbourne she defeated Ostapenko and Sharma.
Sakkari has the game to trouble Barty from the baseline, but when Ashleigh plays in Australia, no matter in which city, she shows totally different level of tennis. She just looks inspired and confident in what she's doing on the court. I would give better chances to Sakkari even for a win if the match wasn't in Australia, but in Melbourne I see only one outcome and that's a win for Barty in straight sets. Expect her to start strong, to take the lead and finish her opponent maybe in an hour.
Barty vs Sakkari prediction
|Barty -1.5 sets AH||Bet365||1.72||9||2-0 WON (+6.48 units)|