On Thursday, the fourth seed Caroline Garcia and the former US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez will compete for a spot in the 2023 Australian Open third round.
Garcia won a handful of matches in the United Cup to start the 2023 season. At the Adelaide International 2, she later defeated Katerina Siniakova before falling to eventual champion Belinda Bencic in three sets. Garcia, the fourth-seeded player at the Australian Open in 2023, is off to a solid start with a convincing 6-3, 6-0 victory against Katherine Sebov.
Leylah Fernandez is off to a strong start this year. She advanced to the quarterfinals in Auckland, where she competed just once all year prior to the Australian Open. Having defeated French veteran Alize Cornet with a dominant 7-5, 6-2 victory, Fernandez has already started her challenge at the first Major of the year.
Garcia vs Fernandez Match Details
Tournament: Australian Open
Date: January 18
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Round: First round
Category: Women’s Singles
Prize Money: A$76,500,000
Garcia vs Fernandez Head-to-Head Record
This will be their first encounter.
Garcia vs Fernandez Prediction
The forthcoming encounter between Garcia and her opponent must be taken lightly. Fernandez’s lack of speed is more than compensated for by his propensity to take the ball early. Her defensive prowess and tenacious fighting spirit are significant strengths as well. The southpaw will want to prolong rallies and pressure the Frenchwoman into mistakes. However, doing it repeatedly while Garcia is in top form might be difficult. The fourth seed is now playing with a tonne of confidence. Her style of play will likely be aided by the courts, and she should be able to advance to the third round.
Prediction: Garcia to win in 3
Garcia Last three performances
- Australian Open: First round- b. Sebov 6-3, 6-0
- Adelaide International 2: Quarterfinal- l. Bencic 2-6, 6-3, 4-6
- Adelaide International 2: Second round- b. Siniakova 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Fernandez Last three performances
- Australian Open: First round- b. Cornet 7-5, 6-2
- ASB Classic: Quarterfinal- l. Bonaventure 6-4, 6-2
- ASB Classic: Second round- b. Grabher 6-0, 6-1
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV
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