Belinda Bencic vs. Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Santa Ponsa Tennis Academy
Santa Ponsa, Mallorca
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Belinda Bencic and Angelique Kerber meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Mallorca Open.
Belinda Bencic is coming off a straight sets win over Amanda Anisimova that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Bencic won 62 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Bencic won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 11 break points. Bencic got 67 percent of her first serves in play and saved two of her three break points. Bencic has won five of her six sets this tournament and has produced a combined 15 breaks. Bencic looks to make her second final appearance of the year and the ninth final appearance of her career. Bencic hasn’t made two final appearances in a single year since 2015. Bencic has won six of her last seven matches on grass court.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 73 percent of her first serve points and 49 percent of her second serve points. Kerber won 61 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her seven break points. Kerber got 53 percent of her first serves in play and saved two of her four break points. Kerber has been up and down with her serve at points, but she’s won six of her seven sets this tournament and has been highly successful with her return in all three victories. Kerber looks to make her second final appearance of the year and the 30th final appearance of her career. Kerber has won 10 straight matches on grass court.
These two have played seven times and Kerber has won four of those matches, including the most recent match this year in Indian Wells. Kerber has won four straight matches against Bencic, including two matches this year. Bencic won the first three matches against Kerber, with her last win coming in the 2016 Fed Cup. All seven matches were decided in straight sets.
You can’t count out Bencic based on the year she’s had and the fact she’s been the giant killer as of late, often playing her best when the competition is high. With that said, Kerber has won the last four matches against Bencic, including twice this year. Kerber has also been the best women’s grass court player these last two years, winning 10 straight on this surface.
Hard not to back the German here.