Elise Mertens vs Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Friday February 15, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)|
Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
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German tennis superstar, Angelique Kerber is set to play against Elise Mertens from Belgium in the semifinals of the 2019 WTA Qatar Open in Doha.
Elise Mertens had a big win in the previous round as she beat the number 5 seed, Kiki Bertens, in straight sets. During the win, Mertens impressed with her returning as she won close to 50% of the points played during her opponent's service games. Elise Mertens won 4 break points which ensured she had a consistent advantage over the opponent. It has been a very strong tournament for Mertens as she is yet to lose a single set since arriving at Doha. That being said, this is expected to be a tough challenge for Mertens as she is playing one of the elite players in the tennis world.
On the other side of the coin, Angelique Kerber enters this match having won her previous match in 3 sets. Kerber had a poor opening set but she managed to show her class in the 2nd and 3rd sets to secure the overall victory. Kerber is one of the best defensive players on the world and she showed that during the victory as she 44 return points which allowed her to win 5 return games. Kerber has a great record at the Qatar Open as she finished second at this tournament in 2014 so that should play to her advantage in this match.
Angelique Kerber and Elise Mertens have played once in the past. The match was played in 2018 at the Hopman Cup where Angelique Kerber won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Angelique Kerber to win this match. Kerber is more experienced, more accomplished and is a more skilful player. Furthermore, Kerber has a habit of performing at her best in big matches. Kerber finished 2nd at this event in 2014 and I see her making her 2nd Qatar Open final by winning this fixture.