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WTA Wuhan Open Semifinals Odds & Pick: Ashleigh Barty vs Aryna Sabalenka

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by Hayley Graham in Tennis

Updated Apr 13, 2020 · 2:30 PM PDT

Can Ashleigh Barty make it to the Finals of the Wuhan open? By Carine06 (Flickr) [CC License]
  • The Wuhan Open Semifinals match between Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka takes place Friday September 27 at 4:30am EST
  • Ashleigh Barty defeated Petra Martic in three sets that lasted over two hours
  • Defending Wuhan Open champion defeated Elena Rybakina in three sets to return to the semifinals

In a rematch of the 2018 semifinals, World No.1 Ashleigh Barty will face 2018 Wuhan Open champion Aryna Sabalenka.

Both players had tough quarterfinal matches, both going three sets and over two hours.

Ashleigh Barty vs Aryna Sabalenka Odds

Player Spread Moneyline Total
Aryna Sabalenka +1.5 (-118) +101 O 22 (-102)
Ashleigh Barty -1.5 (-102) -121 U 22 (-118)

*Odds taken 9/26/19 

Barty’s Path to Semifinals

Ashleigh Barty didn’t have a smooth ride to the semifinals this year at the tournament. Despite winning 15 straight points to take a 4-1 lead in the first set, Petra Martic was able to fight back.

Barty’s 13 unforced errors in the second set allowed for Martic to even it out.

Barty was able to close out the match by taking a 5-3 lead before finishing off the match serving.

Going into her quarterfinals match, she was 41-5 against players outside the Top 10, and 5-2 in WTA Tour quarterfinals.

Sabalenka’s Path to Semifinals

Aryna Sabalenka secured her first Top 10 win of 2019 with her quarterfinal win over Kiki Bertens that earned her spot in the semifinals. She had faced off against Bertens four times previously and wasn’t able to win, but when Bertens doubled faulted, she gave Sabalenka the match, and the opportunity to win.

“She’s a great player. She’s No. 1 right now. It’s going to be interesting to play against her. For sure it’s going to be a tough match, but I’m looking forward for it.” – Sabalenka

Head to Head

Barty and Sabalenka will face off in the semifinals of the Wuhan Open, just as they did in 2018. This with be the fifth time they have played each other in their young careers. Last year, Ashleigh Barty lost in the semifinals to Aryna Sabalenka, who went on to win the tournament.

2019 Wuhan Open Semifinal Key Stats

Ashleigh Barty
Aryna Sabalenka
2 Wins 2
1 Rank 14
44-9 2019 Record 30-20
25-6 Hard Court Record 21-10

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Who to Bet

Both Aryna Sabalenka and Ashleigh Barty are young phenoms making massive splashes in the WTA world. But in this case, and this matchup, Barty seems to be the best bet.

A lot has changed between the two from last year’s match up to this one. Barty is currently the World No.1, so even though Sabalenka has beat her before, roll with the favorite and a revenge match win for Barty.

Best Bet: Barty – 121

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