Ashleigh Barty vs. Elena Rybakina - 1/24/20 Australian Open Tennis Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Ashleigh Barty vs. Elena Rybakina

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)

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TV: ESPN

Ashleigh Barty has made it into the third round at the Australian Open. At this stage of the tournament, Barty will play against Elena Rybakina. 

Elena Rybakina has been in supreme touch. Rybakina made the final of the Shenzhen Open and won the Hobart International prior to arriving at Melbourne Park. It has been a strong start to the Australian Open for Elena Rybakina as she won both of her previous matches in straight sets. In the previous round, Elena Rybakina defeated Greet Minnen from Belgium. During the win, Elena Rybakina won 90% of her service games and 3 return games. It has been a very strong few months for Elena Rybakina and she will be optimistic about her chances of causing an upset. 

Looking at Ashleigh Barty, the Australian superstar defeated Polona Hercog in straight sets in the previous round. It was a comfortable win for Barty as she won all of her service games and 3 return games. The receiving was especially strong as Barty won close to 50% of her receiving points. Barty is the number 1 seed and she has been in decent touch having won the Adelaide International last week. Despite her form, this is expected to be a tough match for Ashleigh Barty as she is playing against an opponent who is in outstanding touch. 

This will be the first time that Ashleigh Barty and Elena Rybakina will be playing each other at a WTA event. 

This is a big match since Barty and Rybakina are both in outstanding touch. I am going to make a bold prediction and pick Elena Rybakina to win this match. Barty seems to be struggling with the pressure of playing on home soil and I see Elena Rybakina being in good enough touch to cause a big upset. Elena Rybakina looks in supreme form and I see her eliminating the number 1 seed. 

Aviijoy’s Pick Elena Rybakina

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.