2020 Australian Open – Ashleigh Barty vs Polona Hercog Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Ashleigh Barty vs Polona Hercog taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Ashleigh Barty vs Polona Hercog on and what time does it start? Wednesday 21st January, 2020 – 01:15 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Ashleigh Barty vs Polona Hercog? Mostly cloudy, 27c

What channel is Ashleigh Barty vs Polona Hercog 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 Ashleigh Barty vs Polona Hercog 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 Ashleigh Barty vs Polona Hercog? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Ashleigh Barty and Polona Hercog? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

ASHLEIGH BARTY

  • Ash Barty was given a scare in the first round of the Australian Open as she went down in the first set against Lesya Tsurenko but showed her class with a superb showing in the final two sets to progress to the second round.
  • Fresh from her win at the Adelaide International, Barty started slowly but she dropped just a game apiece in sets two and three to ensure there was no upset for the world number one and number one seed.
  • The 23-year-old local favourite enjoyed her best performance in an Australian Open last year as she made the quarter-finals and will have to improve on her effort in the opening round if she is to go deep in this tournament.

POLONA HERCOG

  • Polona Hercog produced a strong display in her opening match in Melbourne as she was a winner in straight sets against Rebecca Peterson to ensure a spot in the second round for just the third time in her career.
  • Hercog now faces a tough challenge as she faces world number one Ash Barty for a place in the third round and if she was able to produce a shock in that contest, it will equal her best ever performance in a Grand Slam.
  • The Slovenian has only ever won two matches at the Australian Open with her win over Peterson making it three which matches her record in the US Open and her struggles on the hard court are likely to come to a head in this game.

THE PREDICTION

Ash Barty will want to ensure an easier passage into the third round than she managed into the second after she was given an early scare in Melbourne. The number one seed lost her first set of the tournament against Lesya Tsurenko but turned it around in style to progress. She now faces Polona Hercog who has never made it beyond the second round in either of the hard court Grand Slam events and that run is likely to continue with Barty able to claim a comfortable win.

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