The third round of the 2019 WTA Cincinnati will feature World No. 2 Ashleigh Barty against the Estonian player Anett Kontaveit on Thursday, August 15. The match will start at 11:00 am local time (4:00 pm BST) and here, you can find the Ashleigh Barty v Anett Kontaveit live streaming options with the preview.
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Ashleigh Barty v Anett Kontaveit Head to Head
The tally currently stands at 1-1, with Barty meeting their last encounter. They met in the Miami Open earlier this season where the Aussie trumped Kontaveit in the semifinal in straight sets.
Barty with a Commanding Win
Back in contention for No. 1 crown again, Ash Barty started her campaign in the Cincinnati Open with a clinical, 6-4, 6-1 win over the former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova. It was an astounding display of dominance and skill as she moved past the Russian with absolute ease.
With three singles titles in so far this season, Barty has been one of those few players who have performed with a great deal of finesse and efficiency. With just 7 defeats and 39 impressive victories, she has truly staked her claim as a top player on the women’s tour. And with US Open now right around the corner, she will be eager to go the distance here.
That win over Sharapova was a much-needed one as well, considering that Barty fell to Sofia Kenin in the opener itself last week in Toronto. She seems to be well on track to make amends for that defeat although, a slip in form can change that very soon.
Barty has won a title on every surface she has played in so far this year, including the French Open and WTA Birmingham.
Kontaveit Looking Comfortable
Fresh off her decent third-round run in the Rogers Cup last week, Kontaveit started her journey in Cincinnati with an impressive win over the German ace Angelique Kerber. Moving past the number 13 seed with 7-6(9), 6-2, she then defeated Iga Swiatek in the second round in straight sets.
Even though the Estonian hasn’t been among the most efficient of the players on the circuit, she has still enjoyed a decent year. She reached the semifinal in Miami and the final in Stuttgart, defeating the likes of Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, and Victoria Azarenka.
Barty v Kontaveit Prediction & Tips
Barty is in an imposing form at the moment, making it difficult for anyone to stop her. At the same time, Kontaveit has some experience under her belt and with the help of some momentum and quality shots, she can make life difficult for the young Aussie. We have an interesting match in our hands where Barty, despite all things considered, will start as the favourite.
Tip: Under 20.5 games in the match: 81/100 (888Sport)