• Elina Svitolina [5] v Yulia Putintseva [26]
  • Anett Kontaveit [21] v Shelby Rogers
  • Fabio Fognini [16]v Alex De Minaur [21]
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The third round comes to an end, and sadly with no crowds in play for the next five days, but who will book their place in the second week?

 

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Elina Svitolina [5] v Yulia Putintseva [26] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Elina Svitolina [5] v Yulia Putintseva [26] H2H: Svitolina leads 5-2 (incl. ITF)
Australian Open Melbourne, Australia
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So far Elina Svitolina has come through tight sets, but straight sets before facing the feisty Yulia Putintseva for a spot in the fourth round. With all the focus on other players, Svitolina has been mainly flying under the radar, and that might just suit her.

Putintseva has never been past the third round of the Australian Open, and her only two wins against Svitolina came in their earlier ITF days. Since then, Svitolina’s trajectory has seen her win five matches on the spin with just three ever going the distance.

Add to that the fact that Putintseva has gone three in each of her previous matches, although she did claim the scalp of Sloane Stephens in her opener, coming from a set down in the process.

Putintseva can be a solid player – that is until her emotions take over and the drama commences. Svitolina is a lot steadier, both game-wise and mentally in general.

Prediction: Svitolina in straight sets

 

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Anett Kontaveit [21] v Shelby Rogers H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Anett Kontaveit [21] v Shelby Rogers H2H: Kontaveit leads 2-0
Australian Open Melbourne, Australia
Hard (O) Prize Money: A$215,000
First night match on Rod Laver Arena, not before 7pm (8am GMT) Tennis TV/Eurosport Player if available

 

 

Anett Kontaveit mounted an impressive defence to come from a set down against Britain’s Heather Watson to book her place in the third round. Shelby Rogers has looked very solid, not only this week but also in the WTA Yarra Valley Classic tune-up event and has yet to drop a set this week.

Rogers is a far cry from hr qualifying and first round exit form this time last year and her run at the US Open has pitched her up the rankings where she arguably belongs. A decent serve and solid of both wings, she is going to come up against the variety that Kontaveit has been able to use to get past her.

Kontaveit was frustrated at times against Watson and it became a real battle for her to get past, and if Rogers can keep the pressure on, she could have Kontaveit wobble.

Prediction: Kontaveit in three sets.

 

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Fabio Fognini [16]v Alex De Minaur [21] H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Fabio Fognini [16]v Alex De Minaur [21] H2H: First Meeting
Australian Open Melbourne, Australia
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Second night match on Margaret Court Serna, not before 8:30pm, (9:30am GMT) Tennis TV/Eurosport Player if available

 

 

It is a shame for Alex De Minaur that he will not be able to put on a show for the reduced capacity Aussie crowds as the Victorian Government has barred fans attending the Australian Open after the latest community outbreak of coronavirus. After the entertainment of Fabio Fognini having a long argument with Salvatore Caruso after their match, it is either a blessing or a curse that there is not an audience!

De Minaur had to miss last year’s event after picking up an injury in the ATP Cup and has eased through in straight sets with rapturous applause so it will be interesting to see how he copes with no crowds on his side. Fognini is still coming back to form after having had ankle surgery over the extended break last year and needed heavy strapping at one stage. He will also be coming off a long five setter.

De Minaur has never made it past this round, but is playing solid tennis, and has been largely under the radar thanks to compatriot Nick Kyrgios so this could be his time to shine.

Prediction: De Minaur in four sets.

 

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