Elise Mertens vs. Kateryna Kozlova - 10/14/19 Luxembourg Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Elise Mertens vs. Kateryna Kozlova - 10/14/19 Luxembourg Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by

Elise Mertens vs. Kateryna Kozlova

Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Kockelscheuer Sport Centre)

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At the 2019 Luxembourg Open, Elise Mertens will begin her tournament in the opening round against Kateryna Kozlova from Ukraine. 

Kateryna Kozlova last played at the Linz Open where she was eliminated in the second round by Coco Gauff. Kozlova retired during the third set and while she seems to fit, it is unclear whether she will be playing at 100%. It has been a tough few weeks for Kozlova as she has only made 1 quarterfinal appearance since the US Open. This is expected to be a tough start to the tournament for Kateryna Kozlova as he is playing against the number 1 seed. 

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Looking at Elise Mertens, the Belgian superstar enters this tournament following the China Open where she was eliminated by Bianca Andreescu in the second round. Despite that result, Mertens will be satisfied with her Asian season as she finished in the top 4 at the Japan Open. During the Asian season, Elise Mertens defeated the likes of Petra Martic and Camila Giorgi. Mertens has had a lot of success in doubles tennis in 2019 as she won the US Open alongside Aryna Sabalenka. Mertens last won a singles tournament in February when she defeated Simona Halep to win the WTA Doha title. Being the top seed at this tournament, Elise Mertens will be hoping to make a big impact at this event. 

Elise Mertens and Kateryna Kozlova have played each other twice in the past with both players winning on 1 occasion. 

Kateryna Kozlova is a very promising player but she has looked out of form and I see her struggling to compete in this match. Elise Mertens has been playing well and she seems to be playing with a lot of confidence. Elise Mertens has more experience and is more accomplished than Kateryna Kozlova and I see the Belgian being good enough to win this match in straight sets. 

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