Shuai Zhang 2.5, Sofia Kenin 1.65
Due to start at 10 am.
Zhang won their only previous match. That was in Indian Wells in March 2018. She won in straight sets on a hard court.
Stronger results for Kenin in the last 12 months. Her hard court results are also better.
Zhang also made the third round of the Australian Open last year. She reached the quarter finals in 2016 as a qualifier. In the first round she came back from losing the first set to Sloane Stephens. I thought Catherine McNally would take a set from her but Zhang won in straight sets.
This is Kenin’s first time in the third round. She has not lost a set so far although she has had 2 low ranked opponents. Ann Li and Martina Trevisan had both come through the qualifying rounds.
I expect to see a higher price on Kenin. Back her around 1.85 to 1.95.