Zheng Saisai vs. Ashleigh Barty
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 7:00 AM (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club)
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The number 1 seed at Wimbledon, Ashleigh Barty, will begin her campaign Zheng Saisai from China.
Zheng Saisai has had a very poor start to the grass court season as she currently has a record of 0-2. Zheng lost to Samantha Stosur in the opening round of the Mallorca Open and lost to Markéta Vondroušová in the opening round of the Eastbourne International. In general, 2019 has been a poor season for Zheng Saisai as she has only won 52% of her matches this year.
Zheng has played 4 matches at Wimbledon and her record at this event is 1-3. Grass is Zheng’s weakest surface as her record is currently at 28-26. This is an extremely tough opening round fixture for Zheng as she is playing against the top seed.
Ashleigh Barty has been in outstanding touch in 2019 and enters this tournament as the top-ranked player in the world. Barty had an enormously successful clay court season where she won the French Open. Barty started her grass court season in a perfect manner as she won the Birmingham Classic a few weeks back. In Birmingham, Barty defeated the likes of Julia Gorges and Venus Williams.
It can be argued that grass is Ashleigh Barty’s strongest surface to play on. As it currently stands, Ashleigh Barty has won 75% of her matches on grass. Barty has won 2 WTA titles on grass.
Ashleigh Barty and Zheng Saisai have played each other twice in the past. Barty has won on both occasions. The most recent match between Ashleigh Barty and Zheng Saisai was in 2018 at the Wuhan Open where the Australian won in straight sets. Barty’s first win over Zheng was in 2017 at the Italian Open.
Zheng Saisai has not had a good season and she looked in poor touch in her previous few tournaments. Grass is Zheng’s weakest surface and she will find it hard to compete against the best player in the world. Ashleigh Barty has been in supreme form and her record on grass is outstanding. Barty has won her last 2 tournaments and the Australian looks confident. With all that in mind, I see Ashleigh Barty winning this match in straight sets.