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Ashleigh Barty vs Ekaterina Alexandrova Tips - Dangerous Alexandrova to take set off Barty

  • Ashleigh Barty vs Ekaterina Alexandrova Australian Open 3rd Round Match Prediction
  • Barty world no.1 and top seed in Melbourne
  • Barty first Australian world no.1 since Evonne Cawley
  • Alexandrova defeated Simona Halep at Australian Open warm up event
  • Alexandrova has won both her opening matches in straight sets
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Dan Hunter 12 Feb 2021
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Ashleigh Barty vs Ekaterina Alexandrova Tips


Australia’s hugely popular Ashleigh Barty will play her third round match against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova on Saturday. Top seed Barty will need to be at her best to get past Alexandrova, who is far better than her world ranking of 34 would suggest. 

In 2020, Alexandrova defeated such big names as Garbine Muguruza, Kim Klijsters, Petra Kvitova, Donna Vekic, and at the recent Melbourne 2 warm up event she demolished world no.2 Simona Halep and reigning French Open champion, 19-year old phenom Iga Swiatek, both in straight sets.

The Russian is the kind of tall, strong player who is always going to be tough to play on a fast court, as she hits hard off both forehand and backhand and will be looking to blast Barty off the court. 

I’m seeing the Russian starting strongly and taking the opening set before Barty finds her feet and starts playing as only she can, using her touch and accuracy, laced with occasional explosiveness to take the next two sets for the match. 

  • World number one Barty is the top seed in Melbourne 
  • Barty has dropped 7 matches in her opening two wins at the Australian Open
  • Alexandrova has won both her opening matches in straight sets 

Head to Head 


This will be the first ever meeting on the WTA tour between Ashleigh Barty and Ekaterina Alexandrova

Ashleigh Barty Form 


Prior to the Australian Open, Barty won one of the Melbourne warm up events, winning five matches and defeating a red hot Garbine Muguruza in straight sets in the final. 

Barty has subsequently cruised through her first two matches at the Open, beating the unfortunate Danka Kovinic 6-0 6-0 in the first round, then cruising past Daria Gavrilova 6-1 7-6 in the second round. 

The 24-year old Barty has been the women’s world no.1 since ascending to top spot in December 2019. That was the year she won the French Open, her first and only singles slam win thus far in her career. She has won nine WTA events, and been losing finalist in five others. 

Barty is that rarity in the modern game in that she has also maintained a highly successful doubles career, with 10 tournament wins including the 2018 US Open title.  

Ekaterina Alexandrova Form


The 26-year old Russian Ekaterina Alexandrovais is currently ranked 32 in the world, and has been as high as 25. She is 5’9”, four inches taller than Barty, and has won one WTA tour title, as well as three WTA Challenger events and seven ITF tournaments earlier in her career. 

Alexandrova will be no pushover for Barty; the Russian reached the semifinals at Melbourne 2, thrashing top seed Simona Halep 6-2 6-1 along the way, before losing to the in-form Kaia Kanepi.
 
Alexandrova has won both of her matches at the Australian Open in straight sets, defeating Italy’s Martina Trevisan 6-3 6-4, then beating the Czech Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 7-6. 

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Ashleigh Barty vs Ekaterina Alexandrova takes place at 7.00pm AEDT on Saturday, February 13

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Verdict

When she’s on, Ekaterina Alexandrova loves to drill powerful, accurate ground strokes from the baseline, a la Garbine Muguruza. Like Muguruza, she’s a bit one dimensional, but on her day she can blow big names off the court.
 
Ash Barty will lose the opening set to Alexandrova, make the necessary adjustments to her game, then storm back to take the next two sets and the match.

Best Bet: Ekaterina Alexandrova Set 1 Winner @175.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: 3 Sets Total Sets @163.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Ashleigh Barty To Lose Set 1 And Win @480.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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