Ana Bogdan vs. Ashleigh Barty - 2021 Yarra Valley Classic Second Round
Monday, February 1 2021
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Ashleigh Barty looks to begin her competitive tennis season here in her home country of Australia since we last saw her play over a year ago. Barty takes on Ana Bogdan in the second round of the WTA Yarra Valley Classic on Monday, February 1st 2021. Will Barty be able to come out strong and show us why she is the world No.1, or will a shocking upset be on the cards?
Ashleigh Barty did not want to leave Australia when the tennis season restarted last year due to the health implications this might cause to her or her team. She instead, took the time to work on her game and make sure she is the best version of herself. Barty is still the world no.1 in the WTA Tour and she has an absolutely incredible game. Most recently, we saw her on Friday at the ‘A Day at the Drive’ tennis exhibition in Adelaide, in which she lost in 3 sets against Simona Halep. Although she lost, you cannot really look at that as a bad result, as it was an exhibition match where both players were just having fun rather than putting everything on the line. Barty showed some moments of greatness, and that is what we can expect from her here at the Yarra Valley Classic.
Ana Bodgan cruised through her first round encounter here against Rakhimova, beating the Russian in straight sets 6-2/6-2. Bodgan showed us she is ready for the start of the season, and she did not even blink when she was presented break opportunities by her opponent. Bogdan is a powerful opponent, and if taken too lightly, she can push you off the court. However, can she do this against the world No.1 Ashleigh Barty?
This is going to be the first meeting between both players. I expect this is going to be a Barty party as she looks to show the world what they have been missing for a year. Barty has an incredible game, and she is one of the more consistent players on the WTA Tour. I expect Barty to come out here, dominate, and get herself in perfect conditioning prior to the Australian Open next week.