Ashleigh Barty vs. Petra Kvitova - 1/27/20 Australian Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Petra Kvitova vs. Ashleigh Barty
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Australia)
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Petra Kvitova and Ashleigh Barty meet in the quarterfinals of the 2020 tennis Australian Open.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a three sets win over Maria Sakkari that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 69 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova won 58 percent of her total service points and converted on eight of her 18 break points. Kvitova was able to win a tight match despite the crowd rooting against her, piling up 54 unforced errors and losing the first set. It was just the second time in her last eight matches Kvitova has won a three set contest. Kvitova will obviously have to clean up the silly mistakes if she hopes to advance any further. Kvitova looks to make her seventh career grand slam semifinal and third at the Australian Open. Kvitova is 6-5 in career grand slam quarterfinal matches. Kvitova has won seven of her last eight matches on hard court.
Ashleigh Barty is coming off a three sets win over Alison Riske that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Barty won 79 percent of her first serve points and 29 percent of her second serve points. Barty won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her six break points. Barty got 66 percent of her first serves in play, but she was broken four times and had 34 unforced errors to 20 winners. Barty must play better if she’s going to make a true run toward the title. Barty has now won four straight matches that have gone the distance. Barty looks to make her second career grand slam semifinal and the first at the Australian Open. Barty is 1-1 in career grand slam quarterfinal matches. Barty has won eight straight matches on hard court.
These two have played seven times and Kvitova has won four of those matches. However, Barty has won the last three meetings, including the most recent in Shenzhen last year. Kvitova hasn’t beaten Barty since last years Australian Open. Four of the seven matches have gone the distance.
Barty is usually as solid as they come, but she’s been shaky in a lot of games this tournament and could have easily been bounced in some of her matches. Not sure if it’s the pressure of playing in her home slam or if she hasn’t found her consistency yet, but this isn’t the time in the tournament to allow opponents to hang around. Kvitova will pounce if Barty continues the up and down play.
I have to lean toward Kvitova in this match, but it could truly go either way.