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Ashleigh Barty vs Ekaterina Alexandrova Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Injury concerns cloud Barty’s chances
- Ashleigh Barty vs Ekaterina Alexandrova preview and predictions for Saturday’s Australian Open match.
- The third round clash is being played at Melbourne Park (6am GMT)
- Barty has not dropped a set so far but has a thigh injury
- I predict a short match and perhaps a big upset
- Match preview, predictions and live stream information.
Ashleigh Barty is carrying a thigh injury (Getty Images)
Ashleigh Barty vs Ekaterina Alexandrova Predictions
Barty had injury concerns and scraped over the line in her last match against Daria Gavrilova, which is not ideal preparation for facing an in-form opponent.
Alexandrova has been one of the most improved players of the past two seasons and has beaten Simona Halep and Iga Swiatek already in 2021.
- Ashleigh Barty won four of her last six 6 matches in straight sets
- Ashleigh Barty had her lowest first-serve percentage of the year so far vs Gavrilova
- Ekaterina Alexandrov is 3-12 vs top-10 players
- Five of the Ekaterina Alexandrov’s last seven matches came in straight sets
Head to Head
This will be the first match between Ashleigh Barty and Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Ashleigh Barty Stats
Age: 24 (24 April 1996)
Height: 5’5” (166cm)
World Ranking: 1
Career High: 1 (June 2019)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 9
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 (French Open 2019)
2021 Titles: 1
Australian Open Best Result: SF (2020)
Ashleigh Barty Form
A semifinalist at the Australian Open in 2020, home favourite Barty made an emphatic statement in her first match. She lost just ten points against Danka Kovinic, winning 6-0, 6-0.
Barty extended her winning streak to six matches with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Daria Gavrilova. But she was really struggling in the second set, missing a lot off the ground. The Australian’s thigh is heavily strapped.
It may be that playing seven matches in two weeks after a year out of competition is too much against a quality opponent.
Ekaterina Alexandrova Stats
Age: 26 (15 November 1994)
Height: 5’9” (175cm)
World Ranking: 32
Career High: 25 (February 2020)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 1
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R3 (2020)
Ekaterina Alexandrova Form
Alexandrova is a solid 7-2 in 2021 so far and beat both Simona Halep and Iga Swiatek in straight sets on her way to the Gippsland Trophy semifinals last week.
The 29th seed beat Martina Trevisan and Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets to reach the third round in Melbourne. Five of her seven wins in 2021 have come in straight sets.
Alexandrova compiled impressive win-loss records in 2019 and 2020 and is due for a Grand Slam breakthrough.
Ashleigh Barty and Ekaterina Alexandrova meet in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday 13 February (6am GMT).
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Ashleigh Barty and Ekaterina Alexandrova are meeting in the third round of the Australian Open.
The sensible bet is to back a match of under 20.5 games. Ekaterina Alexandrova can pull off a shock win against an injured seed.
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