Ajla Tomljanović vs. Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Thursday September 12, 2019, 2:00 AM (EDT)|
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Dutch tennis superstar, Kiki Bertens will be playing at the 2019 WTA Zhengzhou Open in China. Bertens will begin her tournament in the second round where she will face Ajla Tomljanović from Australia.
Kiki Bertesn received a bye in the opening round due to her high seeding. Bertens enters this tournament following a poor US Open where she was eliminated in the third round by Julia Gorges. Unfortunately for Bertens, she has consistently been failing at Grand Slam events and that has resulted in her failing to establish herself as an elite player. That being said, Kiki Bertens has been playing exceptionally well in regular WTA events and she enters this tournament in good form. Bertens recently finished second at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo and the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. Kiki Bertens has a good record in the Asian leg of the tour as she has won tournaments such as the Korea Open. Bertens looks in good form and she should be tough to defeat.
On the other side of the coin, Ajla Tomljanović enters this match after an impressive win in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Ajla Tomljanović as she only lost 2 games in the entire match. During the win, Tomljanović won 86% of her service games and 6 return games. It has been a modest few months for Ajla Tomljanović with this match expected to be tough as she is playing against the number 3 seed.
Ajla Tomljanović and Kiki Bertens have played each other twice in the past with Bertens winning on both occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 where Bertens won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Kiki Bertens to win this match. Bertens is a much stronger player and she has been playing solid tennis over the past few months. I see Bertens winning this match in straight sets.