?? Australian Open, R1 Prediction
?? Monica Niculescu vs. ?? Amanda Anisimova
Amanda Anisimova will face a unique test when she comes up against Monica Niculescu at the opening round stage of the Australian Open on Monday. Facing Niculescu for the first time is never easy, there is no opponent quite like Niculescu and her unique forehand slice.
Anisimova has struggled against versatile opponents in the past. Anisimova was smashed by Su-Wei Hsieh in the Hiroshima final last year but more recently she redeemed herself against Barbora Strycova in Auckland with a straight set win. Both bring good from into this match so I expect a close one. I’m going to side with Anisimova, the American pounded through Strycova in Auckland in week 1, if she brings a similar intent here she will be too strong for Niculescu on a fast hard court.