Daria Gavrilova vs. Ashleigh Barty - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Second Round
Thursday, February 11 2021
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Ashleigh Barty (1) meets Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open on Thursday, February 11th 2021.
Will Daria Gavrilova be able to cause what would be a shocking upset in the all-Australian battle in the second round, or will Ashleigh Barty continue to dominate here in Australia?
Daria Gavrilova won a straight sets victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo, beating the Spaniard 6-1/7-5, in the first round on Tuesday. Gavrilova was dominating throughout the first set, and second set until she went 3-1 up. After that, Sorribes Tormo stepped her game up, whilst Gavrilova tightened up and hit many errors. Both players could have won that set but at the end of the day, Gavrilova was able to regain the momentum which she had played with for the majority of the match. Gavrilova now plays a much tougher opponent, and any tightening up will not go unpunished here.
Ashleigh Barty met Kovinic in the first round on Tuesday, beating her opponent in a double bagel 6-0/6-0. This was an absolutely dominating performance by Barty, ending the match in just over 45 minutes and delivering the 7th double bagel of her career. Barty is unstoppable right now and she should definitely be considered the favourite for the title here. Barty will be very excited for an All-Australian matchup here in the second round, but she will have to ensure that the showmanship does not precede the hard work and determination she will need to get through this tough second round match.
This is going to be the fourth meeting between both players, with Ashleigh Barty leading the head to head 2-1. Ashleigh Barty is of course the much better player, and I expect this to be a very easy victory for the Australian. On the other hand, Daria Gavrilova, played a very tough 2 set match against a much lesser opponent, and finished just before midnight on Thursday, which means she does not have as much time to rest and recover prior to this even tougher encounter. I expect Ashleigh Barty to come out here and win in straight sets.