2020 Australian Open – Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on and what time does it start? Monday 27th January, 2020 – not before 06:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova? Cloudy, 19c

What channel is Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Angelique Kerber and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova? Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

ANGELIQUE KERBER

  • Angelique Kerber moved into the fourth round by beating unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi but she was taken to three sets by Giorgi and she was far from her best so she will have to raise her game against Pavlyuchenkova.
  • Her second serve win percentage in that match against Giorgi was just 57% and she will have to improve on that against an opponent who beat her in their last meeting although they have won seven matches apiece in their 14 previous meetings.
  • The 17th seed has yet to face a fellow seed in the opening three rounds and her path so far has been relatively comfortable as she moved into the fourth round for the fifth consecutive year in Melbourne but the 2016 champion will be keen to go much further and get past Pavlyuchenkova.

ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA

  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova pulled off one of the results of the third round as she knocked out second seed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets by edging both on a tiebreak in the Rod Laver Arena.
  • Pavlyuchenkova has yet to drop a single set in the tournament having beaten Nina Stojanovic and Taylor Townsend prior to the victory over Pliskova.
  • Despite beating Pliskova, Pavlyuchenkova served 11 double faults in that match so she will have to eradicate those if she is to win here and progress to the quarter-finals.

THE PREDICTION

This is the 15th meeting between these two players and they have both win seven previous meetings apiece which shows how evenly matched these two are. Pavlyuchenkova edges the head-to-head on hard courts 5-4 and she won their only meeting in 2019 6-3, 6-3. She will take plenty of confidence from her third-round win over Karolina Pliskova and her performance levels so far have been better than Kerber’s. The 32-year-old German laboured to victory against unseeded Camila Giorgi in the last round, and unless she can notably raise her game, Pavlyuchenkova has to be favoured here.

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