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When: Tuesday, January 28th
Where: Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia
The 2020 Australian Open women’s singles tournament is down to eight players.
And the quarterfinals begin with a clash of the titans, as local favorite and WTA’s number 1 Ashleigh Barty faces off against two-time major champion Petra Kvitova.
Barty could become the first Australian player to win the slam’s singles title at home since 1978.
Kvitova, meanwhile, has another shot at winning her first major since 2014.
The two-time Wimbledon champion reached the final in last year’s Australian Open, so she has a good haul of points to defend.
While the second match of the day does not feature any slam winners, it certainly isn’t lacking a good story.
Rising WTA Tour star Sofia Kenin goes up against the tournament’s Cinderella, Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
While Kenin could get into the top 10, Jabeur has a chance to crack the top 50 for the first time in her career.
The first day of the 2020 Australian Open women’s singles quarterfinals is shaping up to be quite interesting.
Head to head record: Petra Kvitova leads 4-3
Barty, the number 1 player in the WTA rankings, can further cement her legacy by winning a major at home.
The 2019 French Open champion only dropped two sets in her first four matches.
Barty had a tough first-round matchup but managed to defeat WTA veteran Lesia Tsurenko after being down one set.
She then dispatched Polona Hercog and the tournament’s 29th seed, rising star Elena Rybakina.
The WTA ranking leader then defeated 18th seed Alison Riske in a three-seater round of 16.
Kvitova only dropped one set, in her round of 16 matches against the 22nd seed Maria Sakkari.
The Czech player defeated Katerina Siniakova, Paula Badosa, and Ekaterina Alexandrova on the way to the round of 16, dropping only 14 games.
Barty and Kvitova also met in last year’s Australian Open quarterfinals, with the Czech player coming out on top.
It marked her fourth consecutive and most recent win versus Barty, who then went on to win their next three matches.
In their most recent meeting, Barty defeated Kvitova in straight sets at the WTA Finals.
Considering her current winning streak in the matchup and on the hard surface, the Australian is the favorite to advance into the semifinals.
Prediction: Ashleigh Barty 2-1
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Head to head record: Sofia Kenin leads 3-0
This is a first for both players, as Kenin had never made it past the fourth round and Jabeur had never made it past the third.
Kenin continues her rise, having won her first three WTA Tour singles titles in 2019.
The young American player has a very good shot at reaching the semifinals, which would greatly add in her bid for the WTA’s top 10.
Jabeur’s run, meanwhile, has been quite surprising.
The Tunisian player does not have a single WTA Tour title.
A clay specialist, Jabeur improved on her previous best major result, a third-round exit in last year’s US Open.
It’s difficult to imagine a result other than Kenin winning, however.
The American has played Jabeur on all three surfaces and won three matches without dropping a set.
Prediction: Sofia Kenin 2-0
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