Carla Suarez-Navarro vs. Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 13, 2019, 10:00 AM (EST)|
Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
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Carla Suarez-Navarro and Kiki Bertens meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Qatar Open.
Carla Suarez-Navarro is coming off a straight sets win over Ons Jabeur that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Suarez-Navarro won 59 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Suarez-Navarro won 55 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 10 break points. Suarez-Navarro clearly has to be better with her serve if she’s going to continue to advance, but it was a nice feel good victory for a player who entered this tournament losing five of her last seven matches. Suarez-Navarro looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since the US Open. Suarez-Navarro has lost four of her last six matches on hard court.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a three sets win over Camila Giorgi that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 61 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. Bertens won 52 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 13 break points. Bertens managed to win a match in which she failed to win a single game in the first set and was down a break in the last set. A true up-and-down performance that could be mentally draining, but Bertens pushed through and has now won five straight matches overall. Bertens is quietly one of the hotter players on tour at the moment, and it will be interesting to see how she builds on such a bizarre performance. Bertens has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was a 2014 match in Florianopolis, which Suarez-Navarro won in straight sets. The match took 22 games to be decided.
Suarez-Navarro isn’t a player I’m trying to get behind at the moment given the lack of recent performances under he belt and the way she just served in her last showing. Bertens is probably lucky to be here after an odd match, but she’s also a player who has won five straight matches and has been quite consistent in her last several tournaments. While this is a near toss-up when both are playing well, Bertens is head and shoulders in better form and the player much easier to trust at this time.
Bertens reaches the quarterfinals.