Ashleigh Barty is set to play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals of the 2018 WTA Wuhan Open in China.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Petra Kvitova in the third round meaning that she has now defeated three players ranked in the top 20 in this tournament. In the victory against Kvitova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova served extremely well as she managed to win almost 66% of the points played during her service games. Furthermore, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova managed to break her opponents serve on 5 separate occasion which is a very tough task against a player like Petra Kvitova. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has a great record in Asia as she has won the Hong Kong Open and finished second at the Pan Pacific Open and the Korea Open. With such great form and such a good record in Asia, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will be very hard to stop in this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Ashleigh Barty enters this match after a win over Angelique Kerber in the third round. Barty was dominant in this win as she won in straight sets. It is important to note that Kerber looked out of form so much of the win in due to a poor performance by the German. Barty has been in decent form although she had a poor Pan Pacific Open last week. This will be a tough challenge for Ashleigh Barty as her opponent is in amazing form.
This will be the 4th time that these two players will meet with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova winning 3 times they have played. Ashleigh Barty has only won once against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is in incredible form and has a great record in Asia. Furthermore, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has a great record against Ashleigh Barty. With everything in the favor of the Russian, I see Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova winning this match.