Vera Lapko vs Elise Mertens
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 29, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
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Belgian youngster, Elise Mertens has made it into the second round of the 2018 US Open. The 22-year-old will now be playing Vera Lapko from Belarus. Both of these players are young and new on the WTA stage. That being said, both Lapko and Mertens are very talented and extremely entertaining to watch. This should ensure we will get a great tennis match.
Vera Lapko is a very talented player and a former junior US Open finalist. At the age of only 19, Lapko is still establishing herself on the senior tour and while she has won titles in ITF tournaments, she has not done so in WTA tournaments. It has been a tough few weeks leading into the US Open for Vera Lapko as she has failed to qualify into any major WTA events. This is potentially problematic but she showed good form in her opening round win and that should ensure she is confident. Her opening round win was in straight sets and she was very dominant in a performance which was impressive to watch.
On the other side of the coin, Elise Mertens had a shaky start to her US Open as she lost the second set in her opening round fixture. While Mertens did enough to win, she will be determined to improve in the coming matches. Over the past 12 months, Elise Mertens has established herself as one of the top players on the WTA tour and she will hope that she can make a deep run in this tournament to cement her spot as a top player.
All in all, I am going to pick Elise Mertens to win this match. The Belgian is the better player and I think she will be too strong for Vera Lapko. Expect this match to end in 2 sets since I don’t see Elise Mertens dropping a set to Lapko.