Anett Kontaveit vs. Ashleigh Barty
|Date & Time||Thursday March 28, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Anett Kontaveit and Ashleigh Barty meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a three sets win over Su-Wei Hsieh that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 58 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won 52 percent of her total service points and converted on eight of her 11 break points. Kontaveit trailed in every set of her quarterfinal match, including being down 0-4 in the third set, and she somehow advanced. Kontaveit continues to get very little out of her second serve and has been broken a combined 18 times in her last three completed matches. Kontaveit must be better if she’s going to continue marching forward. Kontaveit hopes to make her first final appearance since last years Wuhan Open and her fifth final appearance of her career. Kontaveit has never made a final appearance in a Premier Mandatory. Kontaveit has nine career wins over top-10 players, and seven of those wins have come since last year. Kontaveit has won six of her last seven matches on outdoor hard court.
Ashleigh Barty is coming off a three sets win over Petra Kvitova that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Barty won 75 percent of her first serve points and 32 percent of her second serve points. Barty won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her eight break points. Barty simply grinded out an impressive victory and showed she’s more than finesse at times, as she changed up the slice to use some power to win key points. Barty has also shown to be quite a problem solver and has now won eight of her last 10 matches that have gone the distance. Barty hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and her eighth final appearance of her career. Barty has never made a final appearance in a Premier Mandatory. Barty has won six of her last seven matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2014 Wimbledon, a match Kontaveit won in three sets. The match was decided in 32 games.
Barty has been the more impressive and consistent player not only this tournament, but this season overall. I simply haven’t been impressed with Kontaveit in her last few matches, and if we’re being honest, she should have lost her quarterfinal match, as it was a complete joke job from her opponent. Kontaveit is going to have a hard time in this match if her serve doesn’t improve, as Barty is a solid returner and keeps the ball in play.
Barty should make her second final of the year, likely in straight sets.