The semifinal of the 2019 Wuhan Open will be a blockbuster affair with World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty looking to topple the defending champion Aryna Sabalenka, on Friday, September 27. The match timings will be announced soon and here, you will find the Ashleigh Barty v Aryna Sabalenka live streaming options with the preview.
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Ashleigh Barty v Aryna Sabalenka Head to Head
The two players have given each other a run for their money in fiercely-contested matches. In the four times the two players have met, the tally right now stands at 2-2, with Barty winning their last meeting in the Fed Cup earlier this season.
Barty, Looking Formidable in Asia
Currently enjoying life as World No. 1, Ashleigh Barty arrived in Wuhan to consolidate that position further and end the season a positive note. Fresh off her performance in the US Open series where she regained her No. 1 crown, the 23-year-old Aussie has so far proven to be a strong opponent.
Starting with Caroline Garcia in the opener, she then moved past the likes of Sofia Kenin and Petra Martic to set up the semifinal clash with Sabalenka. With a win-loss tally of 48-9 now, Barty has undoubtedly been one of the most prolific and efficient players on the tour this season. As the winner of the French Open and Miami Open; along with numerous quarterfinal and semifinal runs, she has truly staked her claim as the best player.
At the same time, the Aussie has appeared to be a bit vulnerable in Wuhan as two of three matches so far were pushed to three sets.
Sabalenka with a Menacing Run
Fresh off her US Open doubles title feat with Elise Mertens, Aryna Sabalenka is looking forward to replicating the same kind of success on the singles circuit too. The timing and placement couldn’t be better as she is competing in the same tournament that shot her to prominence last season.
It was by the virtue of this phenomenal run in Wuhan that the Belorussian entered the top 10. However, she has had an average year so far and consequently, her rise has been pretty much halted. Among her top highlights are winning the Shenzhen Open title and reaching the final in WTA San Jose.
As for her current run in the Wuhan Open, she has knocked out Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Danielle Collins, Kiki Bertens, and Elena Rybakina. Sabalenka has been more or less efficient in her wins so far and will definitely pose a strong challenge for Barty.
Sabalenka v Barty Tips & Predictions
It is fair to say that this will be an evenly matched fixture. Historically, the two players have always put up a good fight against each other and this time too, we can expect things to go in the same vein.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match 5/6 at 888Sport