FILE – Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, returns to Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Mason, Ohio. Wimbledon champion Ash Barty finished No. 1 in the WTA singles rankings for the third consecutive season, while Katerina Siniakova topped the doubles rankings for the second time. Barty, a 25-year-old from Australia, joins Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as the only women to lead the year-end tennis rankings three straight times. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)
Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek will face each other in the semifinal of the Adelaide International tournament on Saturday, January 8th
This will be the second meeting between these two top 10 players
Read below for match odds and our best bet analysis
2019 Adelaide International champion will take on 2021 champion when Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek take the court for the semifinals of the tournament. The two are scheduled to play Saturday, January 8th at 3:30 am ET.
First seed Barty enters the match as the favorite over fifth seed Swiatek. Both players have only managed to drop one set on route to this semifinal, and this match has all the makings to be a battle. Barty is coming off a dominant straight set win, whereas Swiatek is heading into the match coming off a tough three-set battle.
Continue below for match odds and our best bet prediction.
Ashleigh Barty vs Iga Swiatek Adelaide International Semifinal Odds
 Ashleigh Barty
Ov 21.5 (-115)
 Iga Swiatek
Un 21. 5(-115)
Odds as of January 7th at DraftKings.
No. 1 Seed
The No. 1 seed and favorite to win the tournament outright, Barty enters this semifinal match as the slight favorite to move on.
Barty showed about a minute of rust after dropping the first set of her opening match against American Coco Gauff. But since then, she’s been back to her dominating ways. To no surprise, the Aussie came back to win the next two sets to secure the win. She continued her momentum into the quarterfinals to defeat sixth seed Sofia Kenin in straight sets.
No.1 Ash Barty strikes a career-high 17 aces en route to a 63 64 win over Sofia Kenin to advance to the #AdelaideTennis semifinals.
Lost just 1 point on her 1st serve (31/32) and never faced a break point.
Faces either Swiatek or Azarenka for a spot in the final. pic.twitter.com/fnn0IFRtZY
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) January 7, 2022
Barty’s serve was the main star of the quarterfinal match against Kenin, where she recorded a career-high 17 aces to just two double faults. She landed 67 percent of her first serves, winning the point 94 percent of the time, to defeat Kenin 6-3, 6-4.
Barty will have to keep her foot on the gas in her match against Swiatek.
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Swiatek has done a pretty good job defending her title so far this week. The 20-year old has only dropped one set, and just 15 games over her three matches so far. Prior to the quarterfinals she had not dropped a set and a total of just nine games.
Swiatek is coming off a hard fought match over Victoria Azarenka where she won 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. With the win, she extends her record in Adelaide to 8-0, dating back to her tournament win last year.
Game. Set. Match. Iga🤗
2021 Champion @iga_swiatek gets the win over Victoria Azarenka 6-3 2-6 6-1#AdelaideTennis pic.twitter.com/C5qzRBa8C5
— Adelaide International (@AdelaideTennis) January 7, 2022
The Pole continued to dominate despite losing a set in her quarterfinal match. She recorded 27 winners to 28 unforced errors, and her serve rose to the occasion when she needed it the most, in the third set.
Barty will once again be a tough opponent for Swiatek.
Barty and Swiatek have played each other once before. The two faced off in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Madrid Open where Barty won in straight sets.
Ashleigh Barty vs Iga Swiatek Head-to-Head Stats
One of the biggest topics of conversation heading into this tournament was if Barty was going to have any rust to shake off after taking time off. The Aussie hadn’t played since the US Open back in September.
Well, Barty shut down those conversations about a set and a half into her first match here in Adelaide. And has since recorded a career-high in aces. She might be even stronger than she was before.
Any opponent of hers will have to play with little to know errors, and play basically perfect in order to get a win over her. Swiatek has been playing near perfect. And her 8-0 record in Adelaide speaks to it.
One of the small weak spots of Swiatek’s game this week has been her serving. She’ll have to tighten it up a bit in order to stand a chance against Barty and her serving at the moment.
Barty is the favorite at -185, and Swiatek’s at +145, which seems accurate. This will be a battle of a match, and expect it to be tight, but don’t be surprise when Barty comes out on top and earns her spot in the finals. But the best bet doesn’t come down to who will win the match, but in how many sets will the winner win the match. Look for Barty to secure the win in a tight two set win.
Best Bet: Barty 2-0 (+115)