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Australian Open 2020 Womens Preview | Draw Analysis + Predictions

January 19, 2020


The decade’s first major is officially here
as the 2020 Australian Open draw was just released. First were looking at the womens side as Serena,
Simona, Barty, and more look to take the Daphne Akhurst Trophy from defending champ Naomi
Osaka. I’ll preview the tourney giving you an in-depth
breakdown of the draw with all the early round popcorn, and eventually give my prediction
of who I believe will win, here on GS Tennis News Today. Number one seeded Ash Barty will first face
Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, followed by Rebecca Peterson, Elena Rybakina, and Petra Martic. In the quarters she’s projected to meet
Petra Kvitova, in the semis Osaka or Serena, and in the finals Pliskova or Halep. Number two seed Pliskova has a much tougher
road to the finals first playing Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, after possibly playing
American Coco Vandeweghe, she may face Pavlyunchenkova in the third round, and Kerber in the fourth. In the quarters its Svitolina or Bertens and
with the semis its Halep or Bencic. Should she reach the finals she would most
likely meet Barty, Osaka, or Serena. Looking at the top half of the draw we first
have Barty’s mini section that she shares with Petra Martic. Barty should honestly get through her first
round against Tsurenko with little trouble as the Ukranian hasn’t won a match since
August due to elbow problems. Rebecca Peterson could pose some problems
if she’s on, but so far in 2020 she hasn’t been all there. Her projected third round opponent though
just winning Hobart doesn’t have the game to truly trouble the World number one. Barty could potentially face her Wimbledon
conqueror Alison Riske in the fourth round but Riske May have to get through Petra Martic. Though Martic hasn’t really made any noise
thus far this year, she seems to know how to show up for the slams so I wouldn’t be
so surprised to see her make the second week too. I feel that the Croatian has a tough first
rounder against an inform consistent Christina McHale so she needs to be congisgent of this. Additionally unseeded Julia Georges is a dangerous
floater that could potentially do a lot of damage. I predict Barty and Riske to meet in the fourth
round and believe the Aussie will avenge her Wimbledon loss and reach the last 8. The next mini section is Kvitova and Keys’. At the top we have an intriguing first round
matchup against Madison and Daria Kasatkina. The young Russian hasn’t been herself in
a long while so I don’t see her pulling off the upset. Brisbane finalist Keye has much more confidence
and I see her getting to the third round with relative ease. Now should Greek Maria Sakkari meet her there
I feel like life will be tough for the American as Sakkari’s steady, consistent play by
cause the 10th seed to unravel. On the bottom half there’s defending finalist
Petra Kvitova with a potentially trick first round against countrywoman Katerina Siniakova. Besides this she SHOULD get to the fourth
round with ease despite hard hitting Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova being a third round
opponent. I predict Keys and Kvitova will meet in the
fourth round with Keys beating the Czechwoman in a rematch of their Brisbane semifinal match. This third mini section is jam packed with
Americans, and is headed by nine other than defending champ Naomi Osaka. Judging from her Toronto run Bouzkova has
the game to trouble the Japanese woman but she’s struggled to recapture this magic
since then so I don’t see her doing much damage. We also have the eyeopening Wimbledon rematch
between Coco Gauff and Venus Williams which is hard for me to predict the outcome. On one hand I know Venus will be dying to
get some revenge over the 15 year old, but I’m unsure of how she’ll perform due to
her pulling out of two knee injury from hip injury. Its a close one to call but due to her preparation,
I see Gauff taking this one. Sloane Stephens and Sofia Kenin are on a collision
course to meet at the third round, but I don’t see the former making it as quite frankly
she’s been playing horrendously for the last 6 months. If she doesn’t fall in the first round Sloane
will most likely fall to either Sam Stosur or Caty McNally. I predict Kenin and Osaka will meet in the
round of 16, being a rematch of their Brisbane classic. Should this match entail I’m telling you
now its going to be epic and Im calling for the upset in favor of Kenin. I say this because there’s going to be a
chip on Sonya’s shoulder losing their last match, and the fearless American will look
to take it to the defending champ and knock her out. The final mini-section of the top half is
lead by Serena Williams as she’ll first face off against 18 year old Russian Anastasia
Potapova. I think in comparison to her contemporaries,
Serena’s section is relatively easy as there’s really nobody that can challenge her in the
until the fourth round. Jo Konta is a possible fourth round opponent
but I don’t see that happening as the Brit has virtually no momentum not winning a match
since the US Open. I feel that Konta will fall early and we should
be focusing on the potential Wozniacki and Yastremska second round match. Though Wozniacki’s showing at Auckland was
impressive, I can’t help but feel that Ukranian Dayana Yastremska will be the career closer
for the Dane. Yastremska’s form so far has been very impressive
which is why I see the Adelaide finalist making the fourth round against Serena. The two met last year in Melbourne in the
third round with Williams easily taking care of the 19 year old with ease. Should they meet again this time around, things
won’t be as simple for the American, because Dayana has found a new found moxy in partnering
with Sascha Bajin so she’ll definitely be more prepared to face the 23-time grand slam
champ. Still I feel like Serena will get through
this section by winning the fourth round match in 3 sets. The first section of the bottom half is headlined
by Belinda Bencic and Aryna Sabalenka. It also includes two grand slam champion in
Jelena Ostapenko and Maria Sharapova. Ostapenko who finished the year really strong,
is a threat to Bencic and if they meet in the second round, I do in fact see her beating
out the Swiss. Another hard hitter Aryna Sabalenka would
be a threat to Bencic should she get by Carla Suarez Navarro in the opening round. Another popcorn match in the section is Maria
Sharapova versus Donna Veckic which crazily enough I pick Sharapova to win. Maria though low on match wins, knows how
to show up for these big matches against higher ranked players. Veckic, though high on confidence and match
wins doesn’t really have any big weapons to trouble Sharapova. Should the Russian make it through that match
and meet Sabalenka in the third I pick the Belarusian to win not only the match but the
entire mini-section. The next section is Simona Halep’s and to
be quite honest its not easy at all. Her first round match against Jennifer Brady
will be an intense battle, telling you right now and I’m actually predicting Brady to
pull off the upset. She nearly did it at the Rogers Cup, proving
she has the game to beat the world number 4. Danielle Collins also has the potential to
beat Halep and go far, looking at her great form heading into Melbourne. Because of this, I’m going out on a limb
and picking to to take this section. I’m not talking too much about the players
in the top half because aside from Kristina Pliskova and Heather Watson, none of them
have done anything noticeable so far this season. In the next section there’s Elina Svitolina
and Kiki Bertens, but I don’t predict either woman to advance to the quarters. Although I am impressed with Bertens’ form
in Brisbane, she hasn’t shown up in the slams in a long time so instead I see young
American Amanda Anisimova taking this one. Yes, Elina Svitolina is the top seed, but
her dismal Brisbane performance tells me she isn’t due yet ready to take her first major. If she doesn’t fall early I predict her
to lose to Garbine Muguruza in the third round. In the last section, Pliskova has a nightmare
draw, first having to beat Fed Cup champion Kristina Mladenovic. Though Mladenovic doesn’t currently have
a boatload of confidence she’s still very dangerous and will challenge the world number
two. Laura Siegemund is also very much in-form
and her tricky game also has the possibility of upsetting the Czechwoman. Keeping it as blunt as possible I don’t
see Pliskova making it through this section at al l. She has an incredibly difficult draw and though
she’s high on confidence from winning Brisbane I still see her as a slamless player by the
endow the fortnight. Fellow Czech and Roland Garros finalist Marketa
Vondrousova is actually my pick to make it through this section In this section as she
is back to playing good tennis and is injury-free. She’ll potentially have to get by two major
champs Kuznetsova and Kerber, but neither player are coming into this slam with much
confidence. We have another intriguing first round matchup
between Auckland singles finalist Jessica Pegula, and Auckland doubles champ Taylor
Townsend. This is such an underrated match and is definitely
one to look out for. Speaking of matches to look out for, here’s
my list of popcorn first round matches to keep an eye out for. Going back to my predictions here is them
my pick for the top-half and I do have Serena coming through to her 9th Aussie Open final. I see her getting by a tough quarterfinal
match in either Kenin or Osaka, before beatIng world number one Barty in the semis. When a healthy confident Serena is playing
well into the slams, its really more of in her control of if she’ll go deep which she
almost always does. The bottom half is much more of a wildcard
as I do predict that both halep and Pliskova will fall early. Instead I pick Amanda Anisimova and Aryna
Sabalenka to make it through to the last four with the latter winning to reach the finals. Womens tennis is never easy to predict and
though a lot of things need to happen for this to be a possibly, I believe Sabalenka
and Serena will meet for the first time in the decade’s first match. Before Auckland it would be easy to predict
Serena underperforming and giving another young player their first major, but this title
i feel will help her tremendously in these title matches. Im not going to go to too far in-depth with
these potential matchups because they ARE predictions but I’m going to go with Serena
for the win and #24. Thats it for my pre-Australian Open Women’s
preview, and tell me whether you agree with my picks and predictions in the comment section
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7 Comments

  • Reply Shower G January 18, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I think Serena & Roger will win, this is the last year Roger can win a grand slam, i think he will win the Australian open and i think Serena will smash everyone and win the Australian open as she ended her final losing streak last week.

  • Reply mash 007 January 18, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Can you refresh this as the tournament goes along, love you

  • Reply Pop DNA January 18, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Letโ€™s go Serena ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”จ

  • Reply Kenneth Chow January 18, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    It's so easy picking Serena to win yet another slam…but it's also easy to predict her going to another final and losing again…so, maybe she won't even get to the finals this time…LOL…

  • Reply Olajide jaiye-williams January 18, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    I am predicting Djokovic and Serena for the win of Australia grand slam.

  • Reply Lady Wander January 18, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Idk if serena will win it would be nice and I hope I'm wrong but idk

  • Reply rod hightower January 19, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Great pic

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