First round of WTA tournament on hard court in Sydney. In my opinion Timea Babos have really good chances to win at least one set in this match and cover our hc without too many problems.
Timea Babos had brilliant 2016, finished in top30 of WTA ranking and with potential even to break top20 soon. She have very powerfull serve, great touch on the net as she is top10 doubles player on the world and a lot of big hitting skills from the baseline. Her agressive game style should work very well on this quick Sydney courts.
Of course I have a lot of respect for Kasatkina talent, if she will not get any big injury easily she will be in top10 of rankings, but in my opinion she will struggle little bit on Sydney court because her bounce is low and her shots will be less effective, she prefer high bounce court to use her topsin shots a lot.
Babos is able to beat her, but I going with more safe option.