WTA Adelaide Draw Preview, Predictions and Tips

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Half of the world’s top 10 players will compete at the inaugural Adelaide International in the last stop before the first Grand Slam of the season at the Australian Open.

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WTA Adelaide Tournament Information


Dates: January 13-18, 2020
Level: WTA Premier
Surface: Hard
Total financial commitment: $782,000
Singles Draw: 32

WTA Adelaide Seeds


1. Ashleigh Barty ??
2. Simona Halep ??
3. Petra Kvitova ??
4. Belinda Bencic ??
5. Kiki Bertens ??
6. Aryna Sabalenka ??
7. Sofia Kenin ??
8. Marketa Vondrousova ??

WTA Adelaide Ranking Points


Winner: 470
Runner-up: 305
Semi-finalist: 185
Quarter-finalist: 100
Second Round: 55
First Round: 1

WTA Adelaide Draw Preview


First quarter

Projected quarter-final: Ashleigh Barty (1) vs Marketa Vondrousova (8) – H2H: Barty leads 3-0

A possible rematch of the French Open final could take place in the Adelaide International quarter-finals if Barty and Vondrousova both advance according to their seedings. However, such is the depth of the Adelaide field, that is far from certain.

Barty, who lost her opening match of the season in Brisbane last week to Jennifer Brady, has a bye in the first round and will face the winner of Anett Kontaveit or Anastasia Pavyluchenkova in the second round – a match that will be extremely tough either way. Meanwhile, Vondrousova is playing her first tournament since Wimbledon after being sidelined with injury, facing a qualifier in the opening round before a difficult second round clash either a Grand Slam champion – the winner of Sloane Stephens or Angelique Kerber.

Both Kerber and Stephens are struggling significantly at the moment, but one of them should be making the quarter-finals, while Barty will be desperate to get some wins under her belt before the Australian Open.

Predicted semi-finalist: Barty

Second quarter

Projected quarter-final: Belinda Bencic (4) vs Sofia Kenin (7) – H2H: Kenin leads 1-0

Arguably the most open quarter of the draw. Bencic put together a career-best season in 2019 as she returned to the top 10 after making the U.S. Open semi-finals, but she didn’t get her 2020 off to a good start in Shenzhen, losing in the first round to Anna Blinkova. Bencic, who took a wildcard into Adelaide, faces a qualifier in the opening round and could meet the dangerous Julia Goerges in the second round, with the German coming off a quarter-final showing in Auckland.

Kenin is one of the WTA’s fastest rising players and launched her season by making the Brisbane quarter-finals last week, losing in three sets to Naomi Osaka. The American also takes on a qualifier in the first round and might face compatriot Danielle Collins – who played lights out tennis to also make the Brisbane last eight – for a spot in the Adelaide quarter-finals.

Tough one to predict, but Kenin is probably the most solid and consistent player right now out of the bunch.

Predicted semi-finalist: Kenin

Third quarter

Projected quarter-final: Petra Kvitova (3) vs Kiki Bertens (5) – H2H: Level at 3-3

Kvitova and Bertens are on course to clash for the seventh time in their careers, with the Dutchwoman winning three of their last four meetings – including the last two on hardcourt. Both players had solid starts to 2020 in Brisbane, with Bertens reaching the quarterfinals and Kvitova making the semis.

Bertens has a tough opening round against Maria Sakkari, who pushed Osaka to three sets in the opening round if Brisbane, and if she gets through that, would meet the winner of Donna Vekic and Anastasija Sevastova. Not an easy path at all.

Kvitova takes on Chinese No. 1 Qiang Wang in the first round and will likely square off against rising star Dayana Yastremska for a place in the quarter-finals. I think Kvitova has the slightly more favourable route to the last eight, and if the Czech can make it that far, she’ll fancy her chances of challenging for the title.

Predicted semi-finalist: Kvitova

Fourth quarter

Projected quarter-final: Simona Halep (2) vs Aryna Sabalenka (5) – H2H: Halep leads 2-0

Reuniting with coach and Adelaide native Darren Cahill, Halep has a pretty good draw as she prepares to launch her 2020 season. The reigning Wimbledon champion receives a bye in the opening round and faces a qualifier or Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round, and if she wins that, is seeded to meet Sabalenka in the quarter-finals.

Halep has won both of her previous encounters with Sabalenka in straight sets, but the Belarusian isn’t guaranteed to make it that far after losing in the second round of her Shenzhen Open title defence last week to Kristyna Pliskova. Sabalenka takes on the tricky Su-Wei Hsieh in the first round and would possibly clash with the tenacious Barbora Strycova if she wins that.

It’s a great draw for Halep to reach the last eight and ease her way into the season.

Predicted semi-finalist: Halep

Semi-finals

Barty def. Kenin
Kvitova def. Halep

Final

Kvitova def. Barty

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