Australian Open, R3 Prediction
?? (15) Ashleigh Barty vs. ?? Maria Sakkari
Ash Barty enters her third round clash with Maria Sakkari at Melbourne Park as a very strong favourite. However, I believe the odds are very wrong and I think Sakkari has what it takes to cause an upset here. Sakkari will be Barty’s first real challenge of the tournament, all the pressure is on Barty, it will be interesting to see how the Aussie number 1 handles the pressure of the occasion.
Sakkari has the game that can trouble Barty, Sakkari defeated Barty in straight sets last year in Indian Wells in their most recent clash which proves she is a dangerous opponent for Barty. Sakkari’s great asset in this match-up is her movement, Sakkari can match Barty and test her physically. Sakkari likes a target at the net and will not be as fazed by Barty’s power and versatility as most other opponents are. Sakkari is strong herself and is also very versatile. I get the feeling that the pressure will get to Barty in this match-up and I think Sakkari will win a very close match.