WTA Australian Open, Fourth Round: Barty v Sharapova

Due to start at 1:30 am

Barty 1.84, Sharapova 2.16

Sharapova won both their previous meetings. The last time they played was on a clay court in Rome in May 2018. She won in 3 sets. She won the other when Barty withdrew from a match in Brisbane  in 2013.

Stronger overall results for Barty. Hard court results also favour her in the last 12 months.

Barty has not lost a set so far. Sharapova lost just 1 set which was against Wozniacki in the last round.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Stats for the tournament are very even. The only difference is in service holds. Sharapova leads 89% to 85% of service games won. Not much of a difference but it is a little more impressive as she played defending champ Wozniacki.

If they were both 100% fit I would give Barty the edge on hard courts. However she suffered an abdominal strain in the last round and later withdrew from the doubles tournament.

I still think we see 3 sets.  Some value on Sharapova. Lay Barty if she breaks first or wins set 1.

Update: Clearly the abdominal strain wasn’t an issue for Barty. She won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

 

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