Angelique Kerber vs. Alize Cornet
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 1, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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Alize Cornet and Angelique Kerber meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis Hopman Cup.
Alize Cornet is coming off a straight sets loss to Ashleigh Barty that took 21 games to decide. In the losing effort, Cornet won 66 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Cornet got very little on her second serve and was broken three times in her loss. Cornet has now lost nine of her last 11 matches overall, but she can take pride in pushing one of the hottest players on tour right now, forcing her to play an hour and a half of competitive tennis. If Cornet can simply have more success with her second serve, she has a chance to start winning some of these matches. Cornet has lost three of her last four matches on indoor hard court.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a three sets win over Garbine Muguruza that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 73 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Kerber managed to save four of her five break points and was damn near flawless in a deciding third set. Kerber can sometimes be shaky with her performances, but she’s usually able to take her game to another level when needed most, and she did that against Muguruza, a player who has had success against her in the past. Kerber has now split her last 10 matches overall and looks to win back-to-back matches for the third time since winning the Wimbledon. Kerber has split her last four matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played five times and Kerber has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in 2018 in Montreal, a match Cornet won in straight sets. Cornet has actually won the last two matches against Kerber. Four of the five meetings between Cornet and Kerber have been decided in straight sets.
Kerber can be inconsistent, but it’s tough to bet against her when going up against a player like Cornet, who is constantly finding ways to come up short. Sure, Cornet has won the last two meetings against Kerber and did get three wins over top-10 players just last year, but she’s also entering this match with a rough second serve and losses in nine of her last 11 matches.
Kerber has a clear edge this time around.