?? Australian Open, R1 Prediction
?? (13) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Mona Barthel
Anastasija Sevastova had been one of the most consistent players on tour over the last couple of seasons and should be too classy for Mona Barthel when the pair do battle at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Despite being very consistent in the last few years, Sevastova has at times struggled at the Grand Slam level, Sevastova suffered 3 early round exits at Grand Slams last year before reaching the semi-finals in New York. Sevastova will no doubt be focused on achieving better results at the other 3 Grand Slams in 2019, starting in Melbourne.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair and I suspect this should be a good match-up for Sevastova. A rusty Barthel shouldn’t cause Sevastova too many problems. Sevastova likes pace so Barthel’s heavy shots will not bother the Latvian. Sevastova will expose Barthel’s movement and inconsistency with her versatility and touch. Sevastova should win pretty comfortably.