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Barty vs Gavrilova WTA Strasbourg Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Barty faces struggling compatriot, Gavrilova in Strasbourg opener

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 20 May 2019
  • Ashleigh Barty vs Daria Gavrilova is live from Strasbourg on Tuesday, 21 May from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST
  • Barty leads the head-to-head 3-1, but Gavrilova beat Barty in Strasbourg in 2017
Ashleigh Barty (PA Sport)

Ashleigh Barty rounds up her French Open preparations in Strasbourg this week, where she opens against fellow Australian, Daria Gavrilova on Tuesday. 

With less than a week before the start of Roland Garros, most of the other top players are taking this week off, but Barty has opted to compete in Strasbourg, where she will be featuring for a third straight year. 

The world No. 8 reached the quarter finals in 2017 (when she incidentally lost to Gavrilova), while she retired hurt from last year's semi-final against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Can she maintain that upward trajectory and make the final, or possibly win her first clay-court title this week?

Barty has been decent on clay this year, notably reaching the quarter finals at the Premier Mandatory meet in Madrid, where she defeated Gavrilova, Danielle Collins and Yulia Putintseva before falling to Simona Halep in two very tight sets, 7-5 7-5. Barty then reached the third round in Rome, beating Viktoria Kuzmova in the second round (after a first-round bye), before falling to Kristina Mladenovic. She ended the week on a high, teaming up with Victoria Azarenka to claim the doubles title. 

The 23-year-old will be looking to produce another strong week in Strasbourg leading into the French Open, where she will attempt to make her first significant impression. Barty has never been past the second round in Paris, and has lost in the opening round in three of her five visits to the clay-court Slam.

She has been playing some excellent tennis this year, winning her biggest career title at the Premier Mandatory tournament in Miami, producing her best Grand Slam result at the Australian Open, where she made the quarter finals, and making another final in Sydney. Overall, she is a very impressive 24-5 for the season (including a 4-0 record in the Fed Cup to guide Australia into the final), and she will be looking to add a few more wins this week in Strasbourg, starting off with a match against her fellow Aussie, Gavrilova on Tuesday. 


Gavrilova has been completely all over the place this season, as she has crashed out in the opening round in eight of her nine tour-level tournaments in 2019. The only venue where she's won matches was Indian Wells, where she defeated Dayana Yastremska and Mihaela Buzarnescu before falling to Elina Svitolina in the third round.

The Australian has won just one set (in Rabat) across opening round defeats in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, St. Petersburg, Acapulco, Miami, Rabat and Madrid. Her most recent outing was in Rome, where she lost to Irina-Camelia Begu in the first qualifying round. 

The 25-year-old has been ranked as high as the top-20, peaking at exactly 20th after winning New Haven in 2017, while she was steady, if unspectacular in 2018, her best results being semi-finals in Sydney and Acapulco, and the third round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, all of which resulted in a year-end ranking of 35th. Gavrilova's poor start to 2019 has dragged her to 63rd, her lowest ranking since May 2015.

She heads into Strasbourg hoping to avoid a ninth opening round defeat of the season. She's got some history to hold on to, as she made the Strasbourg final in 2017, when she scored an extremely tight victory over Barty en route a runner-up finish to Sam Stosur. Can she rekindle some of that form and finally get something going this season?

That Strasbourg win remains her only victory over Barty, who has gone on to win their two subsequent matches- a three set win in Sydney in 2018, and a straight sets victory in Madrid a couple of weeks ago. Barty also defeated Gavrilova in an ITF meet in Traralgon, Australia way back in 2012.

Their seasons could not have been more contrasting, with Barty racking up the wins and surging up the rankings, and Gavrilova struggling badly and sliding furiously down the other end. The lower-ranked Aussie has got a tough, combative style that makes life awkward for her opponents, but with confidence running low at the moment, and Barty feeling great, there appears to be only one winner in this one.

Ashleigh Barty vs Daria Gavrilova is live from Strasbourg on Tuesday, 21 May from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST

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Barty vs Gavrilova WTA Strasbourg Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Barty faces struggling compatriot, Gavrilova in Strasbourg opener

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