2020 Australian Open – Ashleigh Barty vs Sofia Kenin Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Ashleigh Barty vs Sofia Kenin taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Ashleigh Barty vs Sofia Kenin on and what time does it start? Thursday 30th January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Ashleigh Barty vs Sofia Kenin? 30c in clear skies

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

Who won the last meeting between Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin? Ashleigh Barty beat Sofia Kenin 6-3, 7-5

THE LOWDOWN

ASHLEIGH BARTY

  • Ash Barty produced arguably her best display of the tournament as the home-crowd favourite overcame Petra Kvitova in straight sets and is now on her best ever run in the Australian Open.
  • After a tight first set, Barty edged a tight tiebreak and that seemed to give her the confidence to kick on with the world number one making the semi-finals in Melbourne for the first time in her career following a more comfortable second set to seal the win.
  • Barty will now face Sofia Kenin for the sixth time in her career but the Australian will be confident of success having won four of their five meetings to date with three of those four victories coming just last season.

SOFIA KENIN

  • Sofia Kenin was already enjoying her best run at a Grand Slam before her quarter-final clash with Ons Jabeur but the American continued her fine form to advance to the semi-finals in Melbourne.
  • The 14th seed did what was required in a tight affair with Tunisian Jabeur as she edged both sets 6-4 but now faces a huge challenge as she attempts to advance to a maiden Grand Slam final.
  • World number one Ash Barty stands in her way and having only claimed three sets from her opponent in their five matches so far, Kenin will have to produce one of the best displays of her short career to progress.

THE PREDICTION

Ash Barty moved a step closer to a second Grand Slam title as she beat Petra Kvitova in straight sets in their quarter-final clash. The Australian faces a tough task against 14th seed Sofia Kenin who is enjoying her best run in a Grand Slam but Barty will not be worried about anyone if she can maintain her recent level of performance. Kenin has the ability to win but Barty looks determined to make the final in Melbourne for the first time in her career and she should do just that.

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