Sofia Kenin of the United States, seeded seven, will play the Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic in the first round of the inaugural WTA Adelaide International on Monday, 13th January. The match is scheduled for 1.30 pm local time (3.30 am BST). You can find the Sofia Kenin v Viktorija Golubic live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Sofia Kenin v Viktorija Golubic Head to Head
The pair have never played each other. This will be the first meeting between the 21-year-old American, and her Swiss opponent six years her senior.
Kenin Looking to Build on 2019 Achievements
21 year old Kenin had a breakthrough year in 2019, winning three WTA singles titles – the Hobart International, the Mallorca Open, and the Guangzhou International Women’s Open. She also reached the final of the Mexican Open, and won doubles’ titles in Auckland and at the China Open.
With wins also over Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams in the course of the season, she was propelled up the world rankings, and began this year 14 in the WTA standings.
Now she needs to consolidate and build on those gains in the season ahead. She won her first match of the year in Brisbane last week, defeating the Latvian Anastasia Sevastova, but was knocked out by Osaka in the second round, not before, however, taking the world number three to three sets.
Qualifier Golubic Looking for an Upset in Adelaide
Golubic, the 27 year old Swiss woman, is currently ranked 79 in the world, although she has been as high as 51. That, though, was nearly three years ago, and came after 2016 which was her most successful season on tour.
In that year she won her only WTA title to date, the Swiss Open, defeating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, A few months after that she reached another final, the Linz Open in Austria, but was beaten by Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on that occasion.
Her best result since then came in the junior WTA 125K series finals, winning the Indian Wells Challenger event, beating the American Jennifer Brady in the final last March.
Golubic failed to qualify for the Brisbane International last week, but earned her place in the main draw in Adelaide by beating Australian wildcard Alana Parnaby and Timea Babos of Hungary in the qualifying competition.
Sofia Kenin v Viktorija Golubic Predictions & Tips
Kenin is a player very much on the rise, whilst Golubic has not enjoyed success on the senior tour for nearly four years. All indicators are that this should be an easy opener for the number seven seed in Adelaide.
Tip: Kenin to win in straight sets: 10/11 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)