Belinda Bencic vs. Shelby Rogers
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
Santa Ponsa Tennis Club
Santa Ponsa, Mallorca
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Belinda Bencic and Shelby Rogers meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Mallorca Open.
Belinda Bencic is coming off a straight sets win over Rebecca Peterson that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Bencic won 74 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Bencic won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 19 break points. Bencic got 57 percent of her first serves in play and saved four of her seven break points. Bencic has to be better with her second serve, but she was feisty with her return and seemed to immediately steal any momentum her opponent earned. Eight of Bencic’s last 12 wins have been decided in straight sets. Bencic hopes to win at least two matches for the third time in her last four tournaments. Bencic has won four of her last five matches on grass court.
Shelby Rogers is coming off a straight sets win over Shuai Zhang that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Rogers won 68 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Rogers won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her nine break points. Rogers got 75 percent of her first serves in play and saved two of her three break points. It’s a performance that provides optimism moving forward, as the American has been in complete struggle mode all year long and hasn’t had a single impressive run in any tournament she’s been in. Maybe her last match was a possible turning point in her season. Rogers looks to win back-to-back matches on the main tour for the first time since last years US Open. Rogers has won six of her last nine matches on grass court.
These two have split the previous two meetings, as Bencic won 2014 Beijing and Rogers won a 2013 ITF match. Both matches were decided in three sets.
The head to head doesn’t mean much considering they haven’t played in years and they were both kids back then. Both players are much more mature at this stage, particularly Bencic who has been one of the most consistent players this season on the women’s side and has had a new level of confidence since playing with Roger Federer in doubles. Rogers hasn’t won back-to-back matches in months.
I have to side with Bencic here in straight sets.