Watch Barty vs Kvitova Australian Open live and free
It's Barty vs Kvitova in the Australian Open quarter-finals. Will Barty keep Australia's great hope of ending a long drought on home soil alive?
Ash Barty came into the 2020 Australian Open as the world's top-ranked player and under pressure to end the host nation's long drought in its home major that dates back to 1978. Now it's Barty vs Petra Kvitova for a spot in the last four at Rod Laver Arena.
When is Barty vs Kvitova?
This match is the second scheduled at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday 28 January. It is slated for a 12:30pm start, but that will depend on the earlier quarter-final between Sofia Kenin and Ons Jabeur which starts at 11am.
How to watch Barty vs Kvitova Australian Open quarter-final
You have limited options for this headline match, either Channel 9 or its streaming service, 9Now. We already put together a guide for watching this year's Australian Open, which has all you need to know.
Channel 9 is showing the tennis on its main and HD channels. It can also jump around to its subsidiary channels at times depending on other events like the news or breaking events, so be sure to check your local guides.
9Now is available on streaming devices such as Apple TV and Chromecast, plus iOS and Android mobile devices. You can also watch it on a range of smart TVs.
Also read: How to watch tennis year round
Who will win Barty vs Kvitova?
These combatants, who have played doubles together in the past, have an interesting head-to-head record. Kvitova won the first four matches between them. That included two wins around this time last year, in the final of the Sydney International and again at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open.
But Barty is a different prospect since then. She took out her first grand slam at Roland Garros and then knocked over Kvitova en route to the season-ending WTA Finals title and year-end number one ranking. She has won the past three clashes between them. Overall Kvitova holds a 4-3 lead.
There will be enormous pressure on Barty and as we saw in her last match against Alison Riske, where she dropped the second set 6-1 before regrouping, she can lose focus. But her confidence just continues to grow and we're expecting her to extend her strong recent record against Kvitova and reach the semi-finals of her home slam for the first time.
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