WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up Australian Open tips for title favourite Ash Barty’s third-round clash with 30th seed Camila Giorgi. 

Australian Open Tips – Ashleigh Barty V Camila Giorgi

19:00 (AEDT), Fri 21st Jan @ Melbourne Park

History: Played 3: Barty 3 V Giorgi 0

Last meeting: Australian Open, 2018 (R64): Barty d Giorgi 5-7 6-4 6-1

Final Thoughts: World No.1 Ash Barty has made short work of her first two opponents, but she confronts a seeded player for the first time in the third round in the shape of veteran Camila Giorgi.

Barty crushed Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 6-1 first up and was equally authoritative against Lucia Bronzetti in the second round, romping to a 6-1 6-1 win. Her serve has been outstanding – she didn’t so much as offer up a break-point opportunity to Bronzetti.

The 25-year-old – who is on a fourth-round collision course with Naomi Osaka – has won eight of her last nine third-round matches at Grand Slams.

World No.33 Giorgi has been impressive in moving into the Round of 32. She overpowered Anastasia Potapova 6-4 6-0 in a tricky first-round match-up and outlasted Tereza Martincova on Wednesday. Giorgi has dropped just two games on serve.

The 30-year-old Italian’s best Grand Slam performance a Wimbledon quarter-final appearance in 2018. She hasn’t been past the third round of a major since, exiting the Australian Open at this stage in 2019 and ’20.

Barty won all three of the pair’s previous encounters. They met most recently in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open, with Giorgi snatching the first set before being overrun.

Giorgi’s trademark power will present a new test for Barty after cruising through the first two rounds. The weight of expectation created by a 44-year homegrown champion drought may start to nag on Barty, particularly with an Osaka showdown looming.

But she has also looked unbeatable in 2022, beating a host of big guns in winning the Adelaide International. Giorgi will provide a serious challenge but Barty is the better player by half. Nevertheless, Giorgi looks the better value in the handicap markets.

Tip: Games Handicap – Giorgi +6.5 @ $1.85


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