Angelique Kerber vs. Beatriz Haddad Maia
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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Angelique Kerber and Beatriz Haddad Maia meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Polona Hercog that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 69 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Kerber won 67 percent of her total service points and saved all four of her break points. Kerber can still clean up the five unforced errors and control the pace better, but it was a strong opening match and one that provides confidence moving forward. Remember, Kerber has been a bit hit or miss the last few months. Kerber hasn’t been bounced before the third round of a grand slam since the 2017 US Open. Kerber has won four of her last six matches on hard court.
Beatriz Haddad Maia is coming off a three sets win over Bernarda Pera that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Haddad Maia won 84 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Haddad Maia won 73 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her 16 break points. Haddad Maia really fell off a cliff in the rankings after being a top-60 player a couple of years ago, but she showed a really balanced effort in her opening match and has a shot at the biggest win of her career at 22 years old. Haddad Maia has a chance if she’s continues to dominate her first serve. Haddad Maia has never reached the third round of a grand slam. Haddad Maia has two career wins over top-20 players. Haddad Maia has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Haddad Maia has the physical game that can give Kerber some issues, especially if she can keep her unforced errors down. Haddad Maia has zero shot if she has 30-plus unforced errors like she did in her opening match. With that said, I’m still picking Kerber to win this match in straight sets given the experience edge. Grand slams are a different ball game, and Haddad Maia isn’t used to being on this stage against this quality of player.
Kerber in straight competitive sets.