WTA Finals, Shenzhen: Barty v Bencic

Ashleigh Barty 1.58, Belinda Bencic 2.68

 

Round Robin Stage

Due to start at 12 noon.

This will be their first meeting.

Overall results favour Barty in 2019. Bencic has more experience indoors.

Barty has won 11 of her 14 career indoor matches. She reached the final in Beijing on hard courts last month losing to Osaka in 3 sets. The week before that she reached the semi finals in Wuhan. In September she made the 4th round at the US Open and the semi finals in Cincinnati.

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Bencic won the indoor title in Moscow 2 weeks ago. That was enough to secure her place in these finals. She reached the semi finals of the US Open

Form in the last couple of months favours Barty but Bencic is a tough opponent indoors. She has made quite a few slow starts to several of her matches in the last 2 months. It’s worth laying Barty if she breaks first and removing liability if Bencic breaks back. Back Barty around 2.00.

Update: It was a very tight first set with both players having a single break point. Bencic took hers and won the set. arty broke serve at the start of set 2 and Bencic had treatment for an injury that was affecting her movement. 

Barty won 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.

 

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