Ashleigh Barty vs. Sofia Kenin
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)
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In the semifinals of the 2020 Australian Open, Ashleigh Barty is set to play against Sofia Kenin from the United States.
Ashleigh Barty was impressive during the previous round as she defeated Petra Kvitova in straight sets. During the win, Barty impressed with her receiving as she won 45% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. The serving was also solid as Ashleigh Barty won 80% of her service games. It has been a good tournament for Ashleigh Barty and considering the players remaining at this tournament, she will be optimistic about her chances of winning the title.
On the other side of the coin, Sofia Kenin also won her previous match in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Kenin as she won 90% of her service games and 3 return games. It has been a very strong tournament for Sofia Kenin as she has only lost 1 set in the entire event. At the age of 21, Kenin is still inexperienced at this level and it will be interesting to see how she handles the pressure of a Grand Slam semifinals. This is the furthest Sofia Kenin has made it at a Grand Slam event. Sofia Kenin must produce her best tennis if she wishes to defeat Ashleigh Barty.
Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin have played each other 5 times in the past. Barty has won on 4 occasions while Kenin has won once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2019 at the Wuhan Open where Barty won in straight sets.
Sofia Kenin has had a very strong tournament but I see her losing this match. Ashleigh Barty has been in outstanding form and she seems to be boosted by the support she is receiving on home soil. I am expecting Kenin to cause some problems but I see Barty being good enough to win the match.