WTA Miami Open 2021: Ash Barty vs Kristina Kucova -Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Top seed Ash Barty will face off against qualifier Kristina Kucova in the second round of the Miami Open 2021.

Ash Barty and Kristina Kucova
Ash Barty and Kristina Kucova

Ash Barty will take on Kristina Kucova in the Second round of the Miami Open 2021. Barty is currently the World no.1 on the WTA rankings and Kucova is the World no.149. 

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
  • Match: Ash Barty vs Kristina Kucova
  • Round: Second Round 
  • Date: 26th March, 2021
  • Prize Money: $16,000
  • Venue: Miami, Florida 
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court

Ash Barty vs Kristina Kucova: Preview

Ash Barty
Ash Barty

Coming into the Miami Open 2021, the first seed Ash Barty has a point to prove. The start of the year was good for Barty as she beat Garbine Muguruza to win the Yarra Valley Classic, which was a warm up event for the Australian Open 2021. At the Australian Open itself she was off to a terrific start as she dispatched off Danka Kovinic in the first round 6-0 6-0. But things started to go downhill soon after.

She played the next few rounds with a heavily strapped thigh and eventually bowed out of the tournament in the Quarterfinal stage to Karolína Muchová, 6-1 3-6 2-6. She went on to lose in the first round of the Adelaide International as well to American Danielle Collins.

Questions have been raised if she truly deserves to be the World no.1. Will Barty answer? Barty had a first round bye, her second round opponent is Kristina Kucova. Kucova had to go through qualifications to find a place in the main draw of the Miami Open. Once in the main draw she faced Hailey Baptiste, who she beat 6-4 2-6 7-5. 

Watch: Ashleigh Barty vs Danka Kovinic Match Highlights (1R) | Australian Open 2021

Ash Barty vs Kristina Kucova: Head-to-Head

Kristina Kucova
Kristina Kucova

This is the first time that these two players are playing each other, so the head to head is at 0-0. 

Ash Barty vs Kristina Kucova: Prediction

Ash Barty
Ash Barty

Ash Barty has taken a 50 hour flight to Florida from Australia to participate in this tournament. She and her fans will hope that she recovers fully from jet lag and is fully fit otherwise as well. Barty has the game to beat anyone on any surface on her day and should really beat Kucova without any worry. 

Match Prediction: Ash Barty will beat Kristina Kucova in straight sets. 

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