Australian Open ?? R1 Prediction
(21) ?? Angelique Kerber vs ?? Anna-Lena Friedsam
Angelique Kerber is one of the favourites heading into the first Grand Slam of the year and is expected to stroll through this opening round clash with Anna-Lena Friedsam. Kerber played super tennis throughout the opening two weeks of the season, amassing a perfect 9-0 record across the Hopman Cup and Sydney International. Kerber gained a heap of confidence in Sydney where she won her first title since the U.S Open in 2016. Friedsam on the other hand is just back from injury and has not played an opponent of Kerber’s level for approximately 2 years. Kerber should be far too consistent for Friedsam here, Kerber will really frustrate Friedsam with her defensive efforts and ability to absorb and redirect the powerful youngsters groundstrokes.