Dayana Yastremska has been the unexpected standout of the 2024 Australian Open. Ranked 93rd in the WTA before the tournament, she has made it to the semifinals, defying the odds. On January 25, 2023, she will go head-to-head with Qinwen Zheng, the 15th ranked player in the WTA Rankings. The odds are in Yastremska’s favor, with her moneyline at -175, compared to Zheng’s +155.
Yastremska has shocked the world by making it this far in the tournament. Her journey to the semifinals has been impressive, winning four matches 2-0 and one 2-1, with her only lost set occurring against Emma Navarro in the third round. She went on to triumph over Victoria Azarenka in straight sets and then defeated Linda Noskova in less than an hour and a half. Despite being the underdog in her previous matches, she has displayed a great deal of confidence.
On the other hand, Zheng has not had an easy journey either, dropping sets in three matches. However, her recent quarterfinal win against Anna Kalinskaya after nearly two and a half hours on the court shows her potential. Although she is ranked higher than Yastremska, her success at the Australian Open has not been too impressive, with her best win coming against the 54th ranked Katie Boulter.
Despite being the underdog and with the odds against her, Yastremska has proven herself time and time again. She has the skills, confidence, and motivation needed to advance to the Finals. Therefore, the prediction for the Yastremska vs. Zheng matchup is in favor of Yastremska.