Angelique Kerber vs. Nicole Gibbs
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 17, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Utsubo Tennis Center
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Angelique Kerber and Nicole Gibbs meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis Japan.
Angelique Kerber enters this tournament on a five-match losing streak, as she hasn’t won a match since the first round of Wimbledon. Kerber is coming off a loss in China where she won just 50 percent of her total service points, was broken 10 times and had four double faults. While Kerber has kind of been up and down since winning a grand slam, this is easily the worst stretch we’ve seen from her in years. The good news is four of those five losses were decided in three sets, so at least Kerber is being competitive and pushing her opponents to the limit. Kerber has lost her last five matches on hard court.
Nicole Gibbs is coming off a straight sets win over Alison Riske that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Gibbs won 63 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Gibbs won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 16 break points. Gibbs got 62 percent of her first serves in play, saved seven of her eight break points and hit one ace. Gibbs is playing some solid tennis right now and has won 10 of her last 12 sets when you include qualifying and challenger play. Unfortunately, Gibbs hasn’t won back-to-back matches on the main tour since Hong Kong 2017. Gibbs has won five of her last six matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Gibbs is playing well enough lately to put a scare into Kerber, especially if the German continues these struggles. However, Gibbs hasn’t been a factor on the main tour in quite some time and history suggests Kerber will snap out of this funk eventually. If there was an opponent to do it against, it would be somebody who isn’t used to playing on the big stage against these type of opponents.
Kerber finally wins a match.