Australian Open 2021 – Women’s Quarterfinal Predictions and Preview

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Australian Open 2021 – Women’s Quarterfinal Predictions and Preview

The 2021 Australian Open Women’s Quarterfinals are set! Let’s take a look at the matchups and make some predictions.

Williams (10) vs. Halep (2)

This is one of the most tantalizing matchups in the whole tournament. Serena has been playing with purpose and looks extremely dangerous in this tournament right now. Halep has struggled a little bit but looks comfortable as she seeks to move deeper in the draw. The last time these two women met was at the 2019 Wimbledon finals, where Halep completely shocked Williams and pretty much bulldozed her in straight sets to capture her first Wimbledon title. Williams will have that match on her mind and will be looking for revenge. Also, let’s not forget Williams holds a 9-3 edge over Halep, and the Australian Open courts are playing nice and fast. Williams will win this contest in three sets.

Hsieh vs. Osaka (3)

This match has the potential to be extremely entertaining. Hsieh is a scrappy veteran at 35, who drives top players crazy with her crafty and unpredictable play. She’s been fairly successful at upsetting top players because of her game. She’ll need that and more if she wants to beat Osaka, the tournament favorite. The head-to-head favors Osaka 4-1, with Hsieh notching an upset over Osaka at the 2019 Miami Open. Although this match promises entertaining tennis, it will be Osaka who will come out on top. It will be straight sets for Osaka.

Brady (22) vs Pegula

Pegula has had a great run at the Australian Open, posting excellent wins against solid players like Svitolina and Azarenka. However, this is where Pegula’s run will end. Brady is a shot maker and will be a tad too strong for Pegula. When Brady turns it on, she can compete with the likes of Naomi Osaka. She took Osaka to three sets in the US Open semifinals. Brady’s Grand Slam experience and shot-making will carry her into the Semifinals of a Grand Slam once again. Brady will win in straight sets.

Barty (1) vs. Muchova (25)

Barty is quickly becoming the favorite at the tournament. The long layoff did not seem to affect the talented Aussie. Muchova won’t be able to put up much of a fight in this contest. Barty’s court vision, shot-making and all-around game will send the Czech home. Barty will win in straight sets. Look for Barty in the final against none other than Naomi Osaka.

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