TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Sofia Kenin takes on Madison Keys in the Round of 128 on Monday, January 17th, 2021.
Will Sofia Kenin get the win? Will Madison Keys pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have two top American stars coming to a clash. Who will move on to the Round of 64 at the 2022 Australian Open?
Sofia Kenin has been struggling as of late, not playing the 2nd half of the 2021 season, and really struggling to get anything going so far during the Australian swing. She has a real tough opponent ahead of her in Madison Keys, who just won a tournament. In order to take her out, she will have to really change the way she’s playing, bringing out some of that tennis that won her the Australian Open once before. Let’s see if she can stay competitive as she aims to progress here at the 2022 Australian Open.
Madison Keys just won a tournament and is looking to be in great shape. She will likely be able to blast past Sofia Kenin seeing as she has not had good success lately and hardly any matches under her belt in general. The fact that she also holds a 2-0 on their hard court head to head is a big advantage for her. I expect her to show that level that got her the title in Adelaide and take down the former grand slam champion to progress to the Round of 64 at the 2022 Australian Open.
Sofia Kenin and Madison Keys have met three times before, with Madison Keys leading the head to head 2-1. All 3 meetings came in 2019, with Sofia Kenin winning their first meeting on the clay courts of Italy, and Keys taking both meetings during the North American hard court swing. She won relatively easily, and this time I don’t expect the same. Kenin knows what she’s doing down under, I expect her to regroup at least slightly, and most certainly pose a fight. However, I ultimately think Keys will be too much for her as she aims to book herself a place in the next round here at the 2022 Australian Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Madison Keys to win in 3 sets.
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