Caroline Wozniacki vs Ashleigh Barty Tennis Prediction
Caroline Wozniacki records her seventh Eastbourne quarterfinal in ten appearances by defeating home favorite Johanna Konta from a set down in two hours and ten minutes, 4-6 6-1 6-4. En route to avenging her 2017 Miami final defeat, the top seed struck 22 winners to 21 unforced errors.
Wozniacki, who started her grass season with a 6-2 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi in the opening round, has a 5-1 record in Eastbourne last eight stage, which includes a title run in 2009 (d. Razzano in final, her only grass trophy) and a runner-up finish just last year (l. Pliskova).
The former #1, who won a tour-leading 60 matches last year, is currently #3 on the WTA Race, thanks to her maiden slam title at the Australian Open. She is 3-3 in quarterfinals this season, having lost the recent two such matches, to Parmentier at Istanbul (retirement) and Kontaveit at Stuttgart.
Debutante Ashleigh Barty has advanced to the quarterfinal, dropping less than ten games en route. After defeating Kristina Mladenovic in 76 minutes (6-3 6-2), the Aussie took two minutes less to dispatch Su-Wei Hsieh, 6-0 6-4. She was two games away from her seventh double-bagel win, first on tour.
Barty, who was 2017’s Birmingham runner-up (l. Kvitova), started the grass season with her second career title at Nottingham (won 2017 Kuala Lumpur), defeating Konta in the final. The eighth seed has won eight matches on grass this year so far, one more than the entire clay season.
Barty is heading into this clash with a 4-10 career record against top 10 players (0-2 on grass), with three of those wins coming at just one tournament, 2017 Wuhan. En route to the final of that Chinese tournament, she defeated #4 Pliskova, #7 Konta and #10 Ostapenko.
This will be the pair’s third meeting, second in the season. Wozniacki has won those two previous encounters, at 2017 Cincinnati (6-4 6-2) and 2018 Madrid (6-2 2-6 6-4). This time around, the Australian #1 looks to be in excellent form to threaten Wozniacki’s perfect record against her.
Tennis Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki