Despite match play being suspended on Thursday in Melbourne due to a positive COVID-19 test related to the tennis at Melbourne Park, the quarterfinals have been set for the Yarra Valley Classic WTA Tournament. Here is your look at those matchups.
Editor’s Note: All play on Thursday has been postponed due to a positive COVID test by a hotel employee. We are offering predictions for the matches originally scheduled for Thursday under the assumption they will be played Friday or a later date. We will update this post as necessary if the situation changes.
Ash Barty vs Shelby Rogers
Barty eased past Rogers at the 2017 Australian Open, playing at home she’ll be a heavy favourite despite dropping a set in her previous match. Barty is a great player, but playing herself into form is still going to be a factor here. Rogers should be competitive but fade at the crucial moments. Barty in 3
Danielle Collins vs Serena Williams
Serena and Collins have had it easy thus far, it’s their first meeting, and though both are playing well, Serena in her current form is tough to beat on a hard court. She should serve her way to a relatively routine victory and a semifinal spot, finding form just in time for the AO. Serena in 2
Marketa Vondrousova vs Nadia Podoroska
Podoroska is playing well and upset Petra Kvitova, I’ll back her to continue that form and pull another upset against the solid but not unbeatable Vondrousova. Podoroska in 3
Garbine Muguruza vs Sofia Kenin
Sofia Kenin dropped the first set of her last match but improved to 6-1 on the season, while Muguruza hasn’t dropped a set in victories this year and is 5-1 on the year. This is a heavyweight clash of players who are capable of elite tennis on any given day. I’ll give Muguruza the slightest of advantages. Muguruza in 3