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The battle of the seeds is about to commence in this third-round clash. Madison Keys will take on Victoria Azarenka, and here are my tips for this match:
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Keys vs Azarenka – Match Predictions
This is definitely one of the most exciting third-round matches in the women’s singles draw at the Australian Open. Both of these players are big hitters of the ball, and they each have experience at the very top of the game. As for their respective seedings, Madison Keys is seeded 10th whereas Azarenka is seeded 24th. So they aren’t all that far apart in terms of the seedings, which also holds true for their rankings.
Keys is ranked 13 at the moment and Azarenka is ranked 24. So with these two being so close, how can we know which way it will swing? For me, it all comes down to form, and Madison Keys is playing magnificent tennis in 2023. However, let me explain both of the tennis predictions today for this match right now.
Keys To Win
Let’s be honest, the head-to-head isn’t in Keys’ favor for this match-up. She has lost to Azarenka in all three of their previous matches, meaning that the head-to-head is 0-3. That’s why the odds are so enticing for Keys to take the win. And given her run of form in 2023, I really do think that this game will break the mold for Keys against Azarenka.
Keys to Win First Set and Win Match
Based on recent matches, Keys has started quickly. For that reason, if she is going to win, I believe it makes sense to also shoot for this market. I say that as it’s unlikely that she will battle back after losing the first set to a player that she’s never beaten before. So I’ve every confidence that she will put her all into the opening set, and the odds are fantastic.
Keys vs Azarenka Preview
For an accurate preview of each of these players before this match begins, please see the breakdown below.
Madison Keys Preview
Madison Keys has made the semi-finals in Melbourne on two separate occasions. The most recent of these was just last year too, so she has recent memories of great success on these courts. Yet she has never beaten Azarenka before, so she will need to win this mental battle in order to get across the finish line.
Victoria Azarenka Preview
Azarenka has been on the tour for a fair length of time. She’s been as high as number one in the world in the past. And she’s also a two-time Grand Slam champion – both at the Australian Open, interestingly. Yet she’s not quite as dominant these days as she was in her heyday, hence the ranking of 24.
Keys vs Azarenka Head to Head
Azarenka dominates Keys in the head-to-head department. She’s beaten the younger American three times in the past, and she has never taken a loss against her. Of course, this bodes well going into this third-round match for Azarenka.
Keys vs Azarenka Match Details
- Match Schedule – January 20th at 08:00 GMT
- Venue – Melbourne Park, Rod Laver Arena
- Viewing Options – Ladbrokes, Eurosport, Discovery+
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