World No. 2 Ashleigh Barty is in for a tricky start in the 2019 WTA Birmingham Classic as she faces the young Croat Donna Vekic in the first round. The two ladies will meet on Tuesday, June 18 after 3:00 pm local time. Get Ashleigh Barty v Donna Vekic live streaming options with the preview here.
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Ashleigh Barty v Donna Vekic Head to Head
This is the first meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour.
Barty, Set to Play on her Favourite Surface
Coming in fresh off her solid performance in the French Open and winning her first Grand Slam title, Barty is now set to enter the grass swing with all guns blazing. The young Aussie was the runner-up here in Birmingham back in 2017 and given her recent form, she will fancy her chances this time around to go the distance.
Barty’s win-loss record is currently at 31-5 and earlier this season, she also won the Miami Open. With two big titles, she is among the most dangerous players on the circuit right now. In her wake, she has also demolished many high-high profile players like Simona Halep, Kiki Bertens, and Petra Kvitova.
The 23-year-old loves to play on grass – it is a surface where she has already achieved quite a bit. In the 2013 Wimbledon doubles, she reached the final, partnered with Casey Dellacqua and last year, she won the singles event in Nottingham.
She will be more inspired now, given that the number one ranking is in play as well.
Vekic, In with a Remarkable Run
Vekic started her grass swing preparations last week in Nottingham, where she made it to her second singles final of the season. The 22-year-old Croat was primed to go the distance but ultimately, she succumbed to Caroline Garcia in the final.
Nonetheless, that breathtaking run and the momentum will boost her confidence as she prepares to face Barty on Tuesday. Vekic is a player of extraordinary talent and is slowly climbing her way into the top 20. She had a good run in Paris too, where she reached the fourth round.
Barty v Vekic Predictions & Tips
Vekic is a fierce opponent who is going to give Barty a run for her money. She is already used to the surface and given her recent form, the Croat will certainly look to reach the second round. As for Barty, she will need to bring her A game and play with the utmost concentration – any errors here and there will be severely punished by Vekic.
Given the recent form of the two players, this is a fixture that can very well go either way.
Tip: Three sets in the match. (888Sport)