Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R1 Prediction
🇦🇺 Ashleigh Barty vs (Q) 🇵🇾 Veronica Cepede Royg
Ashleigh Barty will be desperate for a good week in Sydney after a shock first round loss in Brisbane last week. Barty will begin her Sydney campaign on Monday with a first round clash against Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg. This will be the first career meeting between Barty and Cepede Royg. The Australian will enter this match as a strong favourite but the 21-year-old is under pressure after her loss in Brisbane last week. Conversely, Cepede Royg is confident and match hardened having come through the qualifying draw. Can Cepede Royg cause a big upset?
There are more expectations on Ash Barty than ever before heading into the Australian summer. Barty enters the 2018 Australian summer as the top ranked Australian having ended 2017 in superb form. However, Barty started her 2018 season in a shocking manner. Barty was comfortably beaten in her opening match at the Brisbane International, defeated 6-3 6-2 by Lesia Tsurenko. Barty looked uncoordinated and rusty in her opening defeat in Brisbane, Barty will be keen to recapture her 2017 form in Sydney before heading down to Melbourne.
Veronica Cepede Royg did well to get through a tough qualifying draw in Sydney. Cepede Royg won 3 matches in the qualifying draw, 3 wins over decent opponents: Maria Sakkari, Kateryna Bondarenko and Lara Arruabarrena. The 25-year-old will enter the main draw with nothing to lose and a lot to gain, a dangerous formula for opponents early in the tournament.