Angelique Kerber vs. Victoria Azarenka
|Date & Time||Saturday April 6, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka meet in the semifinal of the 2019 tennis Monterrey Open.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Kirsten Flipkens that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 89 percent of her first serve points and 69 percent of her second serve points. Kerber won 80 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her eight break points. Kerber has really started to look like herself these last two matches, and she has yet to drop a set this tournament. Kerber is no longer questioning herself and is hitting her spots with a lot more confidence, not the same player we saw in Miami. Kerber hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and the 30th final appearance of her career. Kerber has won 11 of her last 14 matches on outdoor hard court.
Victoria Azarenka is coming off a straight sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Azarenka won 72 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Azarenka won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her eight break points. Azarenka is finally showing signs of returning to the player she was before her pregnancy, as this is her first real breakthrough and first time she’s won three straight matches since the 2018 Miami Open. Azarenka hopes to make her first final appearance since the 2016 Miami Open and the 37th final appearance of her career. Azarenka has 64 career wins over top-10 players, but only one of those wins have come in the last two years. Azarenka has won seven of her last 10 matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played eight times and Azarenka has won seven of those matches, including the most recent meeting in the 2016 Miami Open. Kerber’s only win over Azarenka came in the 2016 Australian Open. Every match has been played on hard court and six of the eight matches were decided in straight sets.
The h2h doesn’t mean much for this match when you consider Kerber is a much better and more confident player than she was a few years ago, and Azarenka is somebody who has struggled to find her form since returning from giving birth. And while Azarenka is starting to put things together and showing more consistent play, I need to see more before I pick her to beat a top-10 player. Not to mention Kerber seems to have found her mojo again, as she’s really looked sharp in her last four sets.
Kerber makes her second final appearance of the year.