?? Australian Open, R1 Prediction
?? Johanna Konta vs. ?? Ajla Tomljanovic
Expect a close contest when Johanna Konta and Ajla Tomljanovic do battle at the opening round stage at Melbourne Park on Tuesday. This has proven to be a close match-up in the two previous meetings between the pair which were split 1 win apiece. Konta and Tomljanovic have similar strengths and similar strategies on court, making this match-up come down to whoever executes better on the day.
I’m going to give the slight edge to Konta here. Konta is slightly stronger in most aspects. Importantly, Konta’s serve is more consistent, this is key in a match-up that is unlikely to feature too many breaks of serve on a quick surface. It is Konta who has generally performed better in big moments over the last few years, including the Australian Open where she has a great record. I give Konta the slight edge in the mental department, this will be a factor with the pressure on in what should be a tight match.