Elise Mertens vs Julia Gorges
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 4:15 AM (EDT)|
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Elise Mertens will play Julia Gorges in the group stages of the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy in China. After Gorges lost her opening round fixture, this clash has added importance as the result could see any of the three players in the group making the semifinals.
Julia Gorges lost her opening round fixture in 3 sets. It was a close fixture but Gorges lost successive games in the final set to allow her opponent to get the win. The biggest issue for Julia Gorges was her serve as she lost 6 service games. Furthermore, Gorges only won 55% of the points played during her serve which left her very handicapped. Gorges will need to improve her serve as she could be beaten badly as Mertens will not allow her to win as many return games as she did in her previous match.
On the other side of the court, Elise Mertens had a big win in the opening round and it looking comfortably in the standings. If Mertens win this match, she will be guaranteed a spot in the semifinals and that should be great motivation for the Belgian superstar. During her first round win, Mertens served exceptionally well as she only lost 2 service games. In additions to that, Elise Mertens returned serve very strongly as she broke Kontaveit’s serve on 6 occasions. This will be an interesting match for Mertens as Gorges has been very hit and miss this season so it is unclear how challenging this match will be for the Belgian.
This will be the first time that Julia Gorges and Elise Mertens will be playing each other at a WTA event.
All in all, I am going to pick Elise Mertens to win this match. Mertens has been playing better tennis. With the confidence from winning her first match, Mertens should be good enough to beat Julia Gorges who is low of confidence after losing the tournament opener.