Australian Open Predictions – Women’s Quarterfinals
The women’s draw has been an absolute mess. Many of the favorites are no longer around. However, this is not a surprise. We’ve written extensively on how open the women’s field has been in the last year or so, with nobody dominating. That being said, the impressive thing about the draw is the amount of Grand Slam winners that remain in the quarterfinals. Let’s look at the matchups.
Kenin (14) vs. Jabeur
Kenin looked formidable against an inspired Coco Gauff with nothing to lose. She is hungry for more too. That being said, Jabeur, the 25-year-old Tunisian native, posted solid wins during this run to the quarters. Among them, she sent crowd favorite, and former Australian Open champion into retirement. All that being said, this is Kenin’s time. She’s been building for a strong result at a Grand Slam posting solid results in 2019. Kenin wins in two.
Barty (1) vs. Kvitova (7)
This is going to be a heck of a matchup. Barty is playing well and will be in front of her home crowd. Kvitova is no slouch though and plays well on this court. She reached the final last year and is looking incredibly sharp in her quarterfinal run. Both women have played strong seeds on their way to the quarters too, so it’s not like either have had an easy draw. This will be a very even match. However, I have to give the edge to Kvitova. She’s looking hungrier and can outpower Barty if playing well. Barty can succumb to the fact that Australians under perform at the Australian Open. Kvitova in three.
Kontaveit (28) vs. Halep (4)
Halep is dangerous in the second week of a Grand Slam. She’s playing with purpose and is leveraging her experience against a pretty open draw. World number 16 Elise Bertens was a big test today, and she passed with flying colors. Halep has not dropped a set on her way to the quarters. Now she’ll meet Kontaveit, who barely got through the Polish youngster, Swiatek, today. Kontaveit did manage to absolutely destroy in impressive fashion #6 seed Belinda Bencic in the third round. How will she fare against Halep? I think Halep will have to much experience and intensity for Kontaveit. Halep in two.
Muguruza vs. Pavlyuchenkova (30)
Muguruza is back. She has torn through the draw and made some great players like Svitolina and Bertens look ordinary at times. Her massive serve is back too, and you feel as though she’s got a renewed focus with Conchita Martinez at her side to start the season. Pavlyuchenkova
Is tough, but not tough enough for an in-form Muguruza. Muguruza needs to not go for too much and serve well if she wants a spot in the semis. Muguruza in two.