Konta vs. Wozniacki
|Date & Time||Friday January 20, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
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Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.
Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Donna Vekic that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 68 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki has lost just seven games in her first two matches and that’s going to be good from a fatigue standpoint. The problem is Wozniacki is capable of playing so much better, as she’s won 50 percent or less of second serve points and does have six double faults. Still, Wozniacki is building on a solid performance in New York and seems like she’s back to being a force in any tournament she enters. Wozniacki hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time in her last six appearances. Wozniacki has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Naomi Osaka that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 89 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Konta has lost 13 games in her first two matches and has actually won her last 14 sets played overall. Konta has clearly established herself as a top-10 player in the world and will remain tough to beat as long as her service game stays strong. Konta has won 65 of 79 first serve points in her first two matches, a percentage that’s tough to match. Konta looks for her fourth career grand slam fourth round appearance. Konta has won seven straight matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
This is going to be one of the better matches of the tournament yet, as Konta is a rising star and is in terrific form, while Wozniacki is the big name and somebody who is showing flashes of being who she used to be. You could make a strong case for either of these players, but I’m siding with Wozniacki. She has more experience in these type of matches and does have four wins over top-10 players since the US Open.
Could go either way, but I give the edge to Wozniacki.