Ashleigh Barty vs. Sofia Kenin
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 6, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
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Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Rogers Cup.
Ashleigh Barty will play her first match since making the fourth round of Wimbledon, and she enters this tournament winning 15 of her last 16 matches overall. Barty is coming off a match in which she was broken four times and had 25 unforced errors to 27 winners. Still, Barty has become a much ore consistent server and is going for her shots more during this stretch. Gone are the days where Barty hits her opponent with a million slices and waits for an unforced error. Barty is controlling the pace much more on the tennis court and it’s paying off big time. Barty hasn’t lost an opening match since last year in Rome. Barty has won eight of her last nine matches on hard court.
Sofia Kenin is coming off a straight sets win over Su-Wei Hsieh that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Kenin won 64 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Kenin won 54 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her nine break points. Kenin got 58 percent of her first serves in play, saved three of her six break points and hit five aces. Free points will be key if Kenin is going to pull off the upset here. Kenin looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since winning the Mallorca Open. Kenin has three career wins over top-10 players, all coming since last year. Kenin has split her last six matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Barty has won all three matches, including the most recent in this years French Open. Barty is 4-1 against Kenin this year in sets played.
Kenin is certainly no slouch and has the fiery spirit to beat a top player on this stage. With that said, Barty has been a tough player to bet against, as she’s done nothing but win all year long and has done a better job of being the aggressor, looking for her spots and keeping her opponent on her toes. The confidence is through the roof with the young Aussie right now.
I have to side with Barty.