🐉 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, R1 Prediction
🇦🇺 (16) Ashleigh Barty vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta
I have to side with Barty here. The 2017 Wuhan runner-up should be too strong for an out of form Konta. Konta was particularly disappointing last week as she produced terrible performance in a straight set loss to Donna Vekic in Tokyo. Barty also suffered a poor loss last week in Tokyo as she was beaten by Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, but Barty has generally been in the far better form of the pair in recent times.
This is a match-up of small margins given both have big serves, chances on return will be limited on the quick hard court in Wuhan. It is Barty who has the far more versatile and consistent game from the baseline, which gives her the edge in this match-up. Barty is in better form, has won the last 2 matches between the pair and is confident at this tournament so she is a clear favourite heading into this match.