Madison Keys (14) vs. Ashleigh Barty (8)
Wednesday, June 5, Paris
Free Tennis Pick: Ashleigh Barty ML
Recommended Sportsbook: Pinnacle
Ashleigh Barty continued her quest for a first Grand Slam title on Monday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win over Sofia Kenin in one hour and 30 minutes. The world No.8 has enjoyed a stellar start to the season, claiming her first Premier Mandatory title in Miami and reaching the quarter-finals of this year’s first two majors. Even though Barty was never considered a clay-court specialist, the 23-year-old has slowly improved on red dirt with an outstanding 8-2 record on this surface in 2019.
Barty will next face Madison Keys for a place in the semifinals of Roland Garros. The American No.3 won her first clay-court title this April in Charleston and is for the second consecutive year in the French Open quarterfinals after a dominant 6-2, 6-4 victory over Katerina Siniakova. Known as one of the most powerful players on the WTA Tour, Keys outplayed Siniakova by hitting 26 winners as opposed to only 10 from her opponent. Adding to this, Madison broke serve five times and won 55.93% of the points played on Katerina’s serve.
These two players will face each other for the third time in their careers. Keys won their first official encounter two years ago in Roland Garros while the Australian got her revenge earlier this season at the Fed Cup.
Barty is one of the most talented players in the game and her backhand slice is a devastating weapon. Keys has the firepower to beat almost everybody but this will be a very tricky matchup for the American. The sportsbooks also think the same with Barty as the favorite to win this match at -156 with Pinnacle. This should be a very entertaining match with Ashleigh’s tricky style prevailing at the end against a very inconsistent player.