Ashleigh Barty vs. Alison Riske
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)
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The number 1 seed, Ashleigh Barty has made it into the final 16 at the 2020 Australian Open. At this stage of the competition, Ashleigh Barty will play against Alison Riske from the United States.
Alison Riske has had a very strong start to the 2020 season as she played exceptionally well at the Brisbane International. The good form has continued for Alison Riske as she has looked very impressive at this tournament. In the previous round, Alison Riske defeated Julia Gorges in 3 sets. It was a determined performance by Riske as she lost the opening set but fought back strongly by winning the final 2 sets and the match. It was a close match but Alison Riske showed excellent composure as she consistently won the major points. This is expected to be the first major challenge for Alison Riske as she is playing against the number 1 seed.
On the other side of the coin, Ashleigh Barty has continued her impressive tournament by winning her previous outing in straight sets. The receiving was especially strong from Barty as she won 59% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. It was a tough start to 2020 for Ashleigh Barty as she was eliminated in the opening round of the Brisbane International but she bounced back very strongly to win the Adelaide International. There are big expectations on Ashleigh Barty and she has been playing at a very high level.
Alison Riske and Ashleigh Barty have played each other once the past. The match was played in 2019 at Wimbledon where Alison Riske won in 3 sets.
This should be a close match since Barty and Riske are both in good touch. With that in mind, I am going to predict an upset and pick Alison Riske to win this match. Riske has the momentum over Barty having beaten her at Wimbledon and I see the American using that win to fuel her in this match. This should be a 3 set victory for Alison Riske.