Samantha Stosur vs Ashleigh Barty, Miami R2 Preview

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(14) ?? Samantha Stosur vs (wc) ?? Ashleigh Barty

An all-Australian battle on Friday at the Miami Open sees Samantha Stosur come up against Ashleigh Barty for the very first time. Sam Stosur has been a mentor and an idol for Ashleigh Barty, so it will be interesting to see how the in-form Aussie goes against the experienced Stosur. The heavy conditions in Miami should suit Stosur, but Barty has the advantage of already playing a match where she beat Bouchard in the opening round whilst Stosur received a bye into the second round.

Sam Stosur has not achieved the results she was looking for in 2017, Stosur had a typically poor Australian Summer where she did not win a single match. Stosur did win a couple of matches in Taipei and Doha where she reached the quarter-finals but arrives in Miami on the back of a first round loss to Julia Goerges at the BNP Paribas Open. The slower courts in Miami and heavy conditions could see Stosur return to a higher level of play.

Ash Barty is currently on an 8-match winning streak, the young Aussie has made a brilliant return to the WTA tour, currently sitting at a career high ranking, inside the top 100 for the first time after winning her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur last month. Barty claimed her first ever win in Miami on Wednesday where she defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 5-7 6-3. It was scrappy match, neither player was at their best but Barty was critically the steadier player at the business end of the deciding set.

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This will be the first meeting between Stosur and Barty, two good friends and Fed Cup teammates that will know each other’s games very well. I’m going to give Stosur the edge here, Stosur will be determined to retain her spot at the number 1 Aussie and put Barty back in her place. Stosur has the strength to handle Barty’s game, Stosur has the more consistent serve and has slightly more firepower. Get the feeling this is the type of match that Stosur will deliver.

Prediction: Samantha Stosur to defeat Ashleigh Barty in 2 sets

0 responses to “Samantha Stosur vs Ashleigh Barty, Miami R2 Preview”

  1. Sam is in terrible form and hasn’t shown much over the last year. Ash, on the other hand, is going great guns. I hope Ash smashes Sam off the court (and I’m an Aussie, so ner!).

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