Australian Open Predictions 2022: SportsTips’ Top Tennis Picks For Women’s Quarterfinals

Australian Open Predictions 2022: SportsTips’ Top Tennis Picks For Women’s Quarterfinals
Mon 24th January 2022

The 2022 Australian Open rolls on and are previewing all four of the women’s quarterfinal action. Read below to check out our tennis picks for the games over the quarterfinal round!

We are now into the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and boy are there some interesting matchups. There’s still a sprinkling of Americans left in the women’s draw for us all to cheer on, and worth staying up late for! The number one seed, and hometown hero, Ash Barty, has successfully navigated her way through to the quarterfinals, and she has yet to drop a set!

Enjoy our free tennis picks and predictions for each round of the 2022 Australian Open tournament.

Barbora Krejčíková (4) vs Madison Keys

Barbora Krejčíková will face the big hitting American, Madison Keys, in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Krejčíková has only dropped one set so far this tournament, and last time out she put up a clinical performance against Azarenka. Keys’ dream run continues on as she took out the eight seed, Badosa, 6-3, 6-1, in the Round of 16, and she has only dropped one set so far in the Australian Open.

Denis Kirilov

Barbora Krejcikova continues her great performance at Grand Slam tournaments as she has been part of the Fourth Round at least in her last four appearances. She topped her best result at the Australian Open which was just a Second Round from 2020 and 2021. The experienced Czech managed to do something unthinkable as she found a way to become a fantastic player in the Singles, following a fantastic career in the Doubles which still goes on. Krejcikova reached world No. 3 in 2021 after winning the French Open and reaching the Fourth Round in London and the Quarter-Finals in New York. The 26-year-old player elevated her game in a way that makes her even more dangerous for her opponents. She is an aggressive player that highly relies on her strong and well-placed first serve and on her powerful groundstrokes with which she frequently wears down the player on the other side of the net. Her journey in Melbourne this year has been decent as she defeated Andrea Petkovic and Xiyu Wang in straight sets in the opening Rounds. She faced a tough obstacle in the Third Round in the face of Jelena Ostapenko who took a 1-0 lead in sets, but didn’t manage to close out the match. In her Fourth Round appearance, Krejcikova demolished Victoria Azarenka in straight sets for 1:22 hours on the court. 

Madison Keys made her return to the Australian Open with this Quarter-Final – something she hasn’t achieved since 2019 in the French Open and since 2018 in Melbourne. The American has played a lot of matches this year already which might take its toll on her at some point. She started off with a Round of 16 loss to Daria Kasatkina in the first tournament of the season in Melbourne. Then, she fought her way to the title in Adelaide after defeating strong players like Elina Svitolina, Ludmila Samsonova, Coco Gauff, and Alisson Riske in the Final. In the opening Grand Slam tournament, Keys picked up a clean 2-0 victory over the 2020 Australian Open champion, Sofia Kenin. She went on to defeat Jaqueline Adina Cristian, Qiang Wang, and Paula Badosa to reach that stage. Keys was forced to play a decisive tie-breaker in the last set against the Chinese player, but after a dominant performance in these couple of points, she managed to beat her. Her playing style is similar to Krejcikova as she is also a powerful player relying much on her first serve and forehand. I think we might see three sets here, but I will give my preferences to Krejcikova as well. 

Denis’ Australian Open Pick: Barbora Krejcikova
Denis’ Australian Open Bonus Pick: Total Sets – Over 2.5 

Katherine Mouradian

It was smooth sailing for the fourth seed, Krejčíková, in the Round of 16, defeating Azarenka comfortably, 6-2, 6-2. Her focus will turn to American Madison Keys as she looks to book herself a spot in the semifinals. Keys also enjoys a comfortable Round of 16 match, defeating eighth seed Badosa, 6-3, 6-1. Krejčíková is all about consistency, and this is the first time she has made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Keys is currently on a nine match winning streak, and would dearly love to take it out to double digits.

The pair have never played before, so there is an added level of uncertainty in this match. Both players are experiencing peaks in their form at the moment, and while Keys is unseeded, she is certainly performing like a top seed here. On Keys’ side of the court, you’ve got hard hitting, risk taking shots that are becoming more measured, and for Krejčíková, it’s all about balance and versatility. So who comes out on top? Well, that’s a tough one, but if Keys is on her game, I think she will quickly overpower Krejčíková, who will get frustrated, and could spray a few.

Katherine’s Australian Open Pick: Madison Keys (+102)

Jack Hartman

Madison Keys continues to roll, the former world number seven headed to Melbourne Park fresh off the back of winning one of the warm up events in Adelaide and hasn’t looked back. Keys, now ranked 51 in the world has had to beat out some tough players to make it this far, including former champion Sofia Kenin, and rising star Paula Badosa. This will be an intriguing matchup against 4th seed Barbora Krejčíková, on paper Keys has all the weapons to come out on top but she is going to need to play her best tennis to advance. Keys has reached one Australian Open semi final in the past which came back in 2015, she will want to continue a great start to the year by making a second.

Barbora Krejčíková, will certainly not make things easy for the big hitting American. Krejčíková was the breakout player on Tour last year after shocking the world to win the 2021 French Open. Krejčíková used to be a player more known for her doubles exploits, a four time Grand Slam champion in the doubles arena, Krejčíková is now one of the best singles players in the world and enjoyed her best ever singles runs at last year’s Wimbledon and US Open. Her quarter final appearance in this year’s Australian Open marks the furthest that she has ever advanced in the singles draw. Krejčíková has had a tough draw to reach this phase having beaten former Grand Slam champions Jelena Ostapenko and Viktoria Azarenka, she has just dropped one set in the tournament so far. Krejčíková is one of those players who you know is going to make a lot of balls and produce a solid performance regardless of the opposition. The key to this match is whether Keys can keep the ball in play enough against her rock solid opponent and despite having the ability to overpower Krejčíková in this match up I’m not sure she will have the consistency. In what could be a great match between two players with contrasting styles I will just side with Krejčíková to reach her first ever Australian Open semi final.

Jack’s Australian Open Pick: Barbora Krejčíková

Ashleigh Barty (1) vs Jessica Pegula (21)

The final Australian left in the draw, and the world number one, Ashleigh Barty, will face off against Jessica Pegula for a spot in the semifinals. Barty faced American, Anisimova, in the Round of 16, and it was certainly a tough matchup, but the Australian was just too good, winning 6-4, 6-3. Pegula has dropped just the one set so far in the tournament, and last time out she won in straight sets against the fifth seed, Sakkari.

Denis Kirilov

The home-favourite, Ashleigh Barty, will try to win her first Australian Open title in her career. Her previous attempts came up just short as her top performance dates back to 2020 when she reached the Semi-Finals, losing to Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The 25-year-old Australian is in fantastic form currently which surely makes her a favourite to win the title this year. He won all of her eight games so far this season, thus winning her first title in Adelaide after defeating the strong competition of Coco Gauff, Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek, and Elena Rybakina. On top of that, Barty hasn’t lost a set in seven straight matches as she was quite dominant in her Australian Open journey so far. She cruised past Lesia Tsurenko, Lucia Bronzetti, and Camila Giorgi. In the Fourth Round, the Aussie could have faced a lot of troubles against Amanda Anisimova, but she came on top in the most clutch moments in the match which helped her close it out in straight sets – 6:4, 6:3. 

Jessica Pegula tied her best performance at a Grand Slam after reaching yet another Quarter-Final at the Australian Open. The 27-year-old American made her breakthrough in the WTA Tour quite late in her career, but this should mislead somebody. She managed to improve her game a lot throughout the last year as she became one of the most inconvenient opponents. Pegula reached world No. 18 in November 2021 which marks her highest ranking so far. She will be looking to make further progress, but first she will need to go past the best player at the moment. The American comes into this Quarter-Final adventure after defeating another strong player on the Tour, Maria Sakkari, in straight sets. Moreover, Pegula lost only one set so far in the tournament and it was her opener against Anhelina Kalinina. She then went on to defeat Bernarda Pera and Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in straight sets. However, I don’t think she will be able to surprise the home crowd who will most probably see Barty going through to the Semi-Finals after yet another dominant performance. 

Denis’ Australian Open Pick: Set Betting – Barty 2-0 (-195)

Katherine Mouradian

Can the world number one make it through to her home semifinal? She will have to beat American, Jessica Pegula in the process. There have been absolutely no bumps in the road for Ashleigh Barty on her way to the quarterfinals, dismantling each of her opponents with ease, and she is yet to drop a set. Pegula will obviously need to bring her A game, and not let the fact she is in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, or that she is up against the world number one, get to her.

Barty and Pegula have played each other once before, which was in 2019 in Paris, and the Australian got the victory in straight sets. There is no doubt the Pegula will present a challenge for the world number one, but enough of a challenge to actually win? I don’t think so. I think Barty will get the job done in straight sets, they could be tight sets, but Barty knows how to win the pressure points, whereas Pegula may crumble.

Katherine’s Australian Open Pick: Set Betting – Barty 2-0 (-195)

Jack Hartman

The hopes of Australia continue to rise as local hero Ash Barty continues to breeze through the women’s draw. Faced with her biggest challenge to date in the form of American Amanda Anisimova, Barty produced another fine display, beating the American in straight sets. It was her variety and consistency that was too much for Anisimova to handle, and it was another straight set victory for the world number one. Barty faces another opponent similar in stature to her in the form of Jessica Pegula. Pegula will present a different challenge to Barty than the rest of her opponents so far in this tournament, Barty has faced opponents that like to bludgeon the ball, and has been able to use her variety to throw her opponents off their rhythm and force the errors. Here she faces an opponent who will make a tonne of balls and make Barty work for every point. Barty should have the game to win, but if she isn’t at her very best, Pegula has the opportunity to spring the upset.

Pegula clearly likes it at Melbourne Park as the American has reached her second straight quarter final following her breakthrough in 2021. Pegula had a tough end to 2021, having been unable to maintain her performances that saw her start 2021 so well. However the off-season seems to have arrived at the perfect time, and Pegula is back to playing some of her best tennis. Her defeat of fifth seed Maria Sakkari showed everything that is good about Pegula’s game. She was constantly putting the Greek in challenging situations thanks to her consistency and depth on her ground strokes. When it came to the crunch Pegula held her nerve and was able to get one of the best wins of her career in straight sets. It’s been almost three years since these players last met where Barty emerged victorious in straight sets. Despite both now being very different players – I think the same result will happen here but it will be Barty’s toughest match of the tournament so far.

Jack’s Australian Open Pick: Set Betting – Barty 2-0 (-195)

Danielle Collins (27) vs Alizé Cornet

One of the handful Americans left in the draw, Danielle Collins will face off against unseeded Alizé Cornet in the quarterfinal. Collins has proven just how determined she is at the moment, in her last two games she has come back from a set down to win the match. The dream run continues for Cornet, who looks to party to continue to the semifinals. Cornet beat the 14th seed, Halep, in the last round.

Denis Kirilov

Danielle Collins will try to tie her best performance at the Australian Open by reaching the Semi-Finals on Friday. The American reached the Quarter-Finals Stage after two really tough matchups against Clara Tauson and Elise Mertens. It took her more than 5 hours to deal with these two obstacles, but she eventually showed better nerves and came out on top. Her first two matches in Melbourne were a lot easier as she managed to cruise past Caroline Dolehide and Ana Konjuh. The young American has been playing really well in recent years, but she only managed to win two titles throughout her career, both of them coming in 2021. 

Alize Cornet reached her first Quarter-Final in her career at 32 years of age. She took off with a tight 2-0 win over Viktoriya Tomova in the opening round. Cornet used that momentum to surprise Garbine Muguruza in the Second Round – 6:3, 6:3. She then went on to defeat Tamara Zidansek after being 1-0 and 4-1 down in the second set. This gave her further boost as she survived against Simona Halep, thus making her second huge upset in the tournament. I think we might see yet another great display of tennis by Cornet who will love to make it to the Final Stages of the Grand Slam in one of her last chances in her career. She showed a lot of consistency which is not typical for her and that’s why I will trust her to defeat Danielle Collins on Wednesday. 

Denis’ Australian Open Pick: Alize Cornet 

Katherine Mouradian

We get a treat here as another American woman has made the quarterfinals. Collins took out the 19th seed, Mertens, in the Round of 16 to progress to the next round. She will face unseeded French women, Cornet, who is unstoppable at the moment. This is also the first time that Cornet has reached the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event. Collins is certainly a fighter and we are going to see more of that in this game. Meanwhile, Cornet is playing out of her skin, and certainly has the ability to pick apart the game of even the very best players.

The pair have never played each other before, so it will be interesting to see how this one shakes out. As was seen in her last two matches, Collins can sometimes slip up and experience mini form slumps throughout a game. There are multiple breaks of serve, and huge swings in the games. Cornet will be playing with a lot of emotion in this match, and it is to be decided whether that is a good or bad thing. No matter what, my money is on that match going the distance.

Katherine’s Australian Open Pick: Total Sets – Over 2.5

Jack Hartman

A matchup that few would have predicted makes up one of the three quarterfinals as America’s Danielle Collins takes on Alize Cornet from France. Both have identical records at this stage, with both women winning their first two opening rounds in straight sets, before then winning the third and fourth rounds in three sets. Amazingly for two women who have been on Tour for a fair while, this is the first time that they would ever have faced off. Danille Collins best ever Grand Slam run came in Australia when she reached the semi finals of the 2020 tournament and she will view this as an ideal opportunity to match that result here. Collins has shown her fighting spirit as she has fought through her last few matches, edging really tight third sets against both Claura Tauson and Elise Mertens. 

When the chips are down, Collins seems to play her best tennis and she will be looking to seize on this opportunity that she has been given. For Cornet who is moving towards the twilight of her career this year’s run at the Australian Open marks her best ever Grand Slam result. Cornet has produced some career best results in dispatching both Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep. The fiery Frenchwoman has been able to tough it out in demanding conditions against far higher ranked players and has shown that she won’t go down without a fight. With nothing to lose she is going to be a danger for anybody in the draw but I think this might just be one match too far.

Jack’s Australian Open Pick: Set Betting – Collins 2-0

Iga Świątek (7) vs Kaia Kanepi

The seventh seed, Iga Świątek will face off against unseeded Kaia Kanepi in what promises to be a very exciting quarterfinal. The 2020 French Open champion has only dropped one set on her way into the quarterfinal, which was in the last round. Kanepi has had a few tough battles, which includes taking out the world number two in the Round of 16, Sabalenka, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(7).

Denis Kirilov

Iga Swiatek made her breakthrough in 2020 when she managed to win the French Open in the most dominant way possible without dropping a set and even without allowing her opponents take more than 4 games in a single set. The Polish player found it difficult to make a big statement on the other surfaces as she has only reached the Fourth Round three times on hard. Two of these occasions were at the Australian Open in 2020 and 2021 as she got eliminated in three sets by Anett Kontaveit and Simona Halep. Swiatek found a way to top her result in Melbourne after defeating Sorana Cirstea in a tight Fourth-Round match that lasted 2 hours and 28 minutes. The Polish was simply more consistent throughout the important points which helped her make a full comeback – 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Moreover, Swiatek defeated Daria Kasatkina who has been playing really well in her first weeks this season. 

Kaia Kanepi reached her seventh Quarter-Final in her career. None of it was at the Australian Open, meaning that he topped her best result in Melbourne. The 36-year-old Estonian defeated Angelique Kerber, Marie Buzkova, Madison Inglis, and Arina Sabalenka on her way to the Top 8. The world No.115 is undoubtedly the surprise of the Australian Open so far, but just looking at her game will give you the answer to many of your questions. She has been quite consistent and balanced in her winners/unforced errors ratio. Kanepi outclassed world No. 2, Sabalenka, by being the more accurate player on the court who is able to hold her nerves in the most clutch moments. She doesn’t really concede a ton of double faults in a match and rarely goes beyond 30 unforced errors as well. However, I think that the situation will be slightly different against Swiatek who is well-known for her aggressive, accurate style of play. The Polish can easily force Kanepi to take more risks in order to have bigger chances of winning. That’s why I think Swiatek will come on top, but in three sets as she has also shown some concerning signs from time to time. 

Denis’ Australian Open Pick: Set Betting – Swiatek 2-1 

Katherine Mouradian

Former French Open Champion, Iga Świątek has made it to the quarterfinals here at the Australian Open, and standing in her way of a spot in the semifinals is Kaia Kanepi. After dropping the first set of her last match, Świątek made a great comeback. The same can be said for Kanepi who lost the first set, but went on to win her Round of 16 match, successfully defeating the second seed.

The pair have never played each other before, so this should be a really interesting match. Kanepi will need to get more first serves in if she wants to take down the seventh seed. I think she has every chance to as well. Świątek will be feeling the pressure now, expected to win and potentially make a Grand Slam semifinal. This one is going to be close.

Katherine’s Australian Open Pick: Total Sets – Over 2.5

Jack Hartman

It’s been a welcome return to Grand Slam form for Iga Swiatek who has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time. The 2020 French Open champion hasn’t advanced past the fourth round of any Grand Slam apart from her French Open victory so she enters this stage as a bit of an unknown quantity. Consistency has been Swiatek’s Achilles heel over the past year or so but so far in this tournament she seems to have everything under control. She is dominating with her forehand and looks primed to go deeper into this tournament. Swiatek has had a pretty favourable draw up to this point but the talented Pole will be delighted with how she fought back from a set down against the always dangerous Sorana Cirstea. Swiatek has a huge opportunity here to advance to the semi finals and will rightly start as the heavy pre-match favourite.

Kaia Kanepi just about got there, and provided one of the shocks of the tournament by edging out the second seed Arnya Sabalenka in a thrilling third set tie- break. Kanepi spurned numerous match points but somehow kept it together to earn this opportunity. Kanepi ranked at 115 in the world was one of the last players to earn a place in the main draw, and she has certainly had to battle her way through to her first ever Australian Open quarterfinal, winning three of her matches in four sets. Kanepi has now reached the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams but has never advanced past this stage. The key to the match will be how the Estonian serves. Her serve at pressure moments can sometimes desert her and if she is to advance to the semifinals for the first time ever in her career it will need to hold up. Expect Swiatek to be on the front foot and much of the match will be on her racquet. It will be a great match, but a match that Swiatek should come through.

Jack’s Australian Open Pick: Set Betting – Swiatek 2-0

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