Barbora Strycova vs. Elise Mertens
|Date & Time||Monday July 8, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Barbora Strycova and Elise Mertens meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Barbora Strycova is coming off a straight sets win over Kiki Bertens that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Strycova won 80 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Strycova won 68 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 15 break points. Strycova got 61 percent of her first serves in play, saved seven of her eight break points and hit 22 winners. Strycova now has 10 career wins over top-10 players, and she’s produced a combined 42 break points in her first three matches. While not known for grand slam success, Strycova should have everybody on notice with her recent play. Strycova hopes to make her second career grand slam quarterfinal and the first since the 2014 Wimbledon. Strycova has won six of her last eight matches on grass court.
Elise Mertens is coming off a three sets win over Qiang Wang that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Mertens won 67 percent of her first serve points and 51 percent of her second serve points. Mertens won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 13 break points. Mertens got 70 percent of her first serves in play, saved 13 of her 14 break points and hit 38 winners. Mertens has won six of her first seven sets and has produced a combined 83 winners up to this point. Mertens has a chance to win four straight matches for the first time since winning the Qatar Open back in February. Mertens hopes to make her second career grand slam quarterfinal and the first since the 2018 Australian Open. Mertens has won seven of her last nine matches on grass court.
These two played once, which was in the 2018 US Open, a match Mertens won in straight sets. The match was decided in 22 games.
Both of these players are in rare territory, so this could be a match decided on who controls their nerves in key situations. The difference for me is the amount of break points Mertens has provided to her opponents but weren’t able to capitalize. Strycova has been a return machine in this tournament and you have to think she’ll make the most of the large number of break points Mertens has given up.
I like Strycova to make her second career grand slam quarterfinal.