Ashleigh Barty vs. Anett Kontaveit
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
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Ashleigh Barty and Anett Kontaveit meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
Ashleigh Barty is coming off a straight sets win over Maria Sharapova that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Barty won 81 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Barty won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her seven break points. Barty got 57 percent of her first serves in play, saved six of her seven break points and hit six aces. Barty looks to win at least two matches for the ninth time in her last 11 tournaments. Barty looks to make her fourth career quarterfinal appearance in a Premier 5 tournament. Barty has won nine of his last 11 matches on hard court.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a straight sets win over Iga Swiatek that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 63 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won 57 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her six break points. Kontaveit got 52 percent of her first serves in play and saved eight of her 11 break points. Kontaveit has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since Stuttgart back in April. Kontaveit has nine career wins over top-10 players, with one of those wins coming this year. Kontaveit has won four of her last five matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous two matches, as Barty won 2019 Miami in straight sets and Kontaveit won 2014 Wimbledon in three sets.
Kontaveit is more than capable of getting the job done here, but the amount of break points she’s given her first two opponents isn’t encouraging, and she hasn’t made a deep tournament run in four months. Barty is rested and served at a pretty high level in her opening match. It’s also tough to bet against Barty, who has been easily the most consistent player all year on the women’s side.
Barty makes the quarters of Cincinnati for the first time.