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A. Barty (AUS)
E. Rybakina (RUS)
|A. Barty (AUS) (1)||6||6|
|E. Rybakina (RUS) ||3||2|
|Set won by A. Barty||6 - 2||A. Barty leads 2 to 0|
|Set won by A. Barty||6 - 3||A. Barty leads 1 to 0|
Local hope Ash Barty is first on court today to begin the Australian Open third round against Elena Rybakina. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 11am (AEDT).
After stumbling in her first set of the tournament, Barty has been in fine form, dropping only seven games in her four sets since. That included finishing off Lesya Tsurenko 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round before cruising past Polona Hercog 6-1, 6-4 to set up today’s clash with Rybakina.
The 20-year-old should provide a stern test for Barty. One of the rising stars of the women’s game, Rybakina already has two career titles and has shot up the rankings in the past two years to her current best of 26.
She has played plenty of tennis in 2020 in preparation for Melbourne, making the final in Shenzen and then winning the Hobart International, runs which included victories over the likes of Heather Watson and Kristyna Pliskova.
Rybakina had no trouble in getting to this third-round match, disposing of both Bernarda Pera and Greetje Minnen in straight sets in the first and second round respectively.
As world no.1, Barty is rightly favoured to get the better of Rybakina and progress to the fourth round. Her service game has been solid, she’s converted ten of 17 break points in the Australian Open to date, and has been miserly in allowing her opponents to break back.
It’ll be tougher than the last outing, but the Australian should get another win today.
Start time: 11am
Court: Rod Laver Arena
Odds: Barty $1.27, Rybakina $3.40
Head-to-head: Never played
Ranking: Barty 1, Rybakina 26
Career titles: Barty 8, Rybakina 2