Brisbane International, R1 Prediction
?? (8) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Daria Gavrilova
I’m going to side with Anastasija Sevastova in her first career meeting with Daria Gavrilova at the opening round stage of the Brisbane International. There are a lot of similarities in the way that Sevastova and Gavrilova go about things, both play with a lot of variety and are great defensively. However, Sevastova has more weapons and is more consistent which should give her the edge.
Sevastova is sneakily powerful off both the backhand and forehand side and can dictate play when she needs to from the baseline. Sevastova also has a stronger serve than Gavrilova. Gavrilova doesn’t really have any weapons to hurt Sevastova and the versatility of Gavrilova won’t bother Sevastova as the Latvian is happy to deal with slice or loopy balls. Expect Sevastova to be a class above the Aussie here.