🇦🇺 Australian Open, Quarter-Final Prediction
🇨🇿 (8) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇦🇺 (15) Ashleigh Barty
Expect another entertaining, high quality encounter when Petra Kvitova and Ashleigh Barty go head-to-head on Tuesday with a spot in the semi-finals up for grabs at the Australian Open. When the pair last played a few weeks ago in Sydney it was Kvitova that came from behind to win the title in a final set tiebreak. This is an interesting match-up because of the contrast in styles between the pair. Whilst both are aggressive players, they play very differently, the hard, flat hitting of Kvitova against the heavy, versatile game of Barty, an exciting combination.
Kvitova holds a 3-0 record over Barty and I expect Kvitova to maintain that perfect record with a victory here. Kvitova is playing outstanding tennis at the moment, she has been totally untroubled throughout her first 4 matches. Granted, Barty will provide a tougher challenge than Kvitova’s previous opponents, but when Kvitova is in this type of form there isn’t much anyone can do to stop her.
Patience is key for Kvitova in this match-up, she has the game to beat Barty, we have seen that, she just needs to execute. Given how well Kvitova is playing at the moment and how confident she is having won her last 9 matches, I see no reason why Kvitova will not get the job done here. Petra should be too strong, her first-strike tennis doesn’t allow Barty to play her game.