Johanna Konta vs Elise Mertens
|Date & Time||Friday August 3, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
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We have reached the third round of WTA San Jose as the final 8 players remain. This is the stage where the top players start playing at their peak and look to capture the title which is only 3 games away. Both Johanna Konta and Elise Mertens have made it to the quarterfinals and both will be confident in winning this match and making the final 4. This should ensure that we get a very exciting contest.
The WTA event at San Jose has been a great tournament for the British player, Johanna Konta. Konta had two incredible wins to make it to the third round which included eliminating former world number 1, Serena Williams. The British player beat Serena Williams in straight sets as she only lost 1 game to the American superstar. Johanna Konta followed that by winning her second-round match comfortably and will be feeling very confident heading into this clash. Johanna Konta hasn’t won an ATP title in over a year and she will feel that she has a great chance of winning another title at this event.
On the other hand, Elise Mertens will look to show why she is the number 4 seed. The Belgian superstar looked good in her opening match and will feel that she has a great chance of winning this clash also. This is the first tournament that Mertens is playing since Wimbledon where she had deep runs in both the singles and women’s doubles competitions. While that is impressive, it means that Mertens has had a considerable break and while she didn’t look rusty at all in her round of 16 match, the impact of a break might be felt in this clash.
All in all, I am going to pick Johanna Konta to win this match. The British player is looking much better and will be full of confidence heading into this fixture. I feel that this will be a close contest since both players are extremely talented but I see Johanna Konta edging past Elise Mertens to get a spot in the semifinals.