The Belgian continues her journey in Australia after her title at the Gippsland Trophy and a Round of 16 at the AO. She shows total confidence in her surfing on her good end of the 2020 season. Her serve is efficient and her game is very solid on her back line. She has this ability to defend very well but also to go forward to come and get the points at the net. The question about this match could be the physical aspect when we see the number of players injured at the beginning of the season. For the moment it's holding, she enjoys playing on the courts. She will meet a player who has already beaten her twice in two matches, each time in three sets. Anastasjia Sevastova is back in Adelaide with a lot of application and involvement in her first round. She likes to set a lot of false rhythm and vary the game. However, she has a very nice hand to annoy her opponents. She always remains hard to decipher from one match to the next, but her body language from the first round makes you want to believe in her revival for a player who was close to the top 10 in 2018 (11th). The bookmakers give the ultra-favourite Belgian in view of her latest performances. Nevertheless, we could have a much tighter match than expected. Elise Mertens has a lot of matches in a row and might have a little difficulty to enter her tournament against a player who is going to offer her a game quite different from what she likes with variation, changes of rhythm and counter qualities. Sevastova might pick her up cold by taking at least one set or playing two very tight sets.


Ashleigh Barty vs Danielle Collins

This is an explosive second round! The Australian - 24 years old and number 1 in the world - doesn't seem to be too embarrassed by the break of 2020 where she played only very few matches (15 in total over the whole season). She still had time to win a title and reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, beaten by the surprising Czech Karolina Muchova. Her performances on hard courts are quite incredible. Since the beginning of her career, she has won 73% of her matches on this surface. But despite her undeniable qualities on hard courts, she risks having a complicated match against the American Collins who shows a level of play much better than her ranking (37th), just like Shelby Rogers. Collins (27 years old) has an atypical career path since she studied media sociology and obtained a Masters in Business before launching into a professional career in 2016 very late. She has really progressed over the last few months with her coach Nicolas Almagro. Collins is now more patient in rallies and has improved her service feedback. She has already secured a top seed by beating Karolina Pliskova (6th in the WTA) at the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne. The two women have met three times: twice on clay (Madrid and Roland Garros) and once in 2020 on hard in Adelaide. The Australian is leading 3-0 by a wide margin but the last match ended with a difficult victory in the tie-break of the 3rd set. The match is likely to be electric between two players who play very good tennis at the moment.


Jil Teichmann vs Qiang Wang

The Swiss are starting to find their rhythm at the beginning of the season with a first quarter-final at the Phillips Island Trophy. Her first round was interesting but still a bit pushy. She was able to get rid of Kiki Mladenovic using her defensive qualities. She has a good serve. In the game, she likes to go forward to shorten the exchanges. She is able to defend well, but some difficulties in holding the exchange in the backcourt. She knows how to take advantage of opponents' faults and sometimes lacks lucidity in her choices. She will play against a player who finds her sensations again, Qiang Wang. The Chinese rider has shown very nice things against a young Gadecki, powerful, aggressive and very enterprising. She was disciplined and applied to make a solid match, especially on serve with no less than 88% of points behind her first ball. In the game, she played a good backcourt game as usual by making her opponent play. Her solidity and her ability to wear out her opponents should annoy the Swiss who will have to make the game and risks breaking her teeth against the Chinese wall. In this game, the Asian player has every chance of outsmarting a Swiss player who has played many matches with an ankle that has remained fragile since last week. Qiang Wang finds her rhythm and sensations again after several interesting but unsuccessful matches. The Chinese girl has all the cards in hand to go for her first quarter-final of the season with her new coach Pat Cash. The value is well present on Wang.


Petra Martic vs Cori Gauff

Both players struggled in their first round. Martic broke away from Samsonova by overcoming her on the line (7-5 in the 3rd). The Croatian rider, who has now become very experienced on the circuit, is struggling to find her best feelings during this Australian tour. She has totally missed this period destined to prepare the Australian Open and took advantage of the transition tournament in Melbourne, post OA to get back on track. She had played against some of the lower ranked players on the circuit (Birrell & Marino) and she tried to get back on her feet. She then fell heavily against Kasatkina. Petra has a rather structured game with slice in defence and a lot of climbs to the net when she is without solutions. And with those fast Melbourne courts, she had a tendency to over-exert her play, which is not her range. Just like her match against the Russian. This Adelaide surface seems to suit her slightly better. Fewer approximations and mistakes during this first round. Coco also had a difficult start to the season. At 16, managing her career is not going to be easy. This young woman is still learning a bit more about life and herself and a professional career at her age is a lot of responsibility. Fortunately, her parents are always present at her matches, and contribute in the best possible way to the smooth running of her early career. Gauff was therefore rather nonchalant during his preparation for the Australian Open. But she found herself a little bit during this Grand Slam with a lot of self-motivation. And in a high-intensity match against Svitolina, she gave in when her performance was really interesting in terms of level of play and state of mind. So she is continuing on the same path in Adelaide. First of all she went through the qualifiers and she gave us a very nice match against a rather aerial Paolini. Once again, the body language was very encouraging. So maybe the odds are not necessarily high for the American. But in view of her last two very successful outings, at all levels, betting on the American can be a spot value. Her qualities as a counter-jumper on the should hurt a not very reassuring Martic who is struggling to acclimatise to the very fast playing conditions of this tour. Be careful not to let Gauff fall back into the double faults. She could pay for it in that case. But in the match-up, Coco's advantage for me.  


Yulia Putintseva vs Storm Sanders

Yiula Putintseva continues her good form from the beginning of the year in line with her end of the year 2020. She likes to build up her points by playing from the back of the court with a rather wait-and-see game by making her opponents work. She offers a lot of variations in effects or trajectories. It's a kind of Cibulkova bis with an impressive aggressiveness, sometimes a little too overwhelming. In spite of her topspin and curve shots, her first round was very complicated against a player who likes to go forward like Siegemund. But the German lacked the power and the precision to make a complete difference, unlike the next opponent that the Kazakhe will meet again in this second round. The Australian continues her great adventure with a first lap that was very well led against her compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic after two equally impressive qualifying laps. She loves to go forwards and her flat backhand has done a lot of damage in her first three races. She plays without complex and doesn't hesitate to seize every opportunity that comes her way. Used to playing doubles, she is very comfortable on serve and volley. She feels good and confident. She plays free and with the desire to succeed in her country and to prove that she can also win in singles. This match is given largely in favour of the Kazakhe compared to her ranking and the lack of experience of the Australian on the circuit. However, it is the perfect opportunity for her to do something at home. The only difference between a top 200 player and a top 30 player is confidence and mentality, because tennis is present on both sides. Storm Sanders is completely confident with three matches won, two of which were against top 50 players. Her forward play will be the best option to come and disturb the Kazakhe backcourt enthusiast. She is really capable of it and it should really annoy her opponent of the day.


Editor's note

⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ Victory Qiang Wang / Over 7.5 Sevastova games / 1 set Sanders ⭐️ Victory Sanders / At least 20 games in the match Barty vs Collins / Victory Gauff


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