Barty 1.29, Tsurenko 4.20
They have played just once before. That was on a hard court in Acapulco. Barty won easily in straight sets losing just 2 games.
It was a great season for Barty in 2017. She won 71% of matches and 75% of hard court matches Tsurenko won 46% of her matches. Barty improved her ranking from around 235rd to 17th. She has a lot of work to do if she is going to maintain that ranking in 2018.
Tsurenko had another inconsistent season but also improved her ranking to 42 from 60th. She ended the year badly with just 2 wins from her last 10 on hard courts.
No value at the start on Barty. Back her if she loses set 1. She will have the Aussie crowd right behind her and they will help through some early nerves.