Ash Barty has returned to the WTA tour, after a 44 week COVID enforced break, with the Yarra Valley Classic this month. And the way she has played on route to the finals of that event, has given enough indications of her good form on the court, with no apparent side effects of such a long layoff. Ash looks primed to compete in the Australian Open which starts on the 8th of February. Her opponent in the 1st round is Danka Kovinić from Montenegro, who has a current world ranking of no. 171.
- Fixture: Ashleigh Barty vs Danka Kovinić
- Date: 9 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 60,239 (USD)
Ashleigh Barty vs Danka Kovinić : Preview
Ash Barty is ranked no.1 in the world and is seeded no.1 in the Australian Open. Expectations are high that this is the year when this Australian lass wins her home Grand Slam. Blocking her way is Danka Kovinić, who will do her best to upset the crowd favourite. But Danka lacks the game to bother a top player like Ash. Chances are that even her best game maynot be good enough against Ash Barty.
Ashleigh Barty vs Danka Kovinić : Head-to-Head
The two haven’t met on the WTA circuit yet, so the record stands at 0-0.
Ashleigh Barty vs Danka Kovinić : Prediction
Ash Barty is in form and has too much quality to be bothered by Danka Kovinić. This match should be another walk in the park for this year’s Australian Open favourite, Ash Barty. Danka has in the last three seasons, had just one victory against a top 10 opponent, against Belinda Bencic in 2020.
Match Prediction: Ash Barty in straight sets.