?? Australian Open, R1 Prediction
?? (17) Madison Keys vs. ?? (wc) Destanee Aiava
Don’t expect many long rallies when Madison Keys and Destanee Aiava go head-to-head for the first time at the opening round stage of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Keys and Aiava both posses a heap of power, both have dynamic games but bring very different levels of experience and class into this match. Keys is a former semi-finalist in Melbourne whilst Aiava has never won a main draw match at the Australian Open.
There is no doubt that Keys is the better player in all aspects and should be too strong for Aiava. The only troublesome factor for Keys is that she has not played a competitive match yet this season and might be rusty. Keys is the type of player that can lose to almost anyone on an off day, so Aiava is not without a chance given the circumstances. Nevertheless, I think Keys is experienced enough to manage the situation safely and move into the second round.