Alison Riske vs. Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Sunday June 16, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
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Dutch tennis superstar, Kiki Bertens has made it into the final of the 2019 WTA Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. At this stage of the tournament, Kiki Bertens will play against Alison Riske from the United States.
Alison Riske won a really close match in the semifinal round as she defeated Veronika Kudermetova in 3 sets. Riske won the opening set but gave away her advantage by losing the middle set. The final set was closely contested and Alison Riske eventually won via a tiebreaker. During the victory, Alison Riske received serve exceptionally well as she won 45% of her return points which allowed her to break Veronika Kudermetova’s serve on 6 occasions. While returning was impressive, Alison Riske struggled with her serve. Riske only won 60% of her service games which was disappointing as it allowed her opponent to fight back on many occasions. This will be a much tougher match for Alison Riske as she is playing the number 1 seed. Riske must improve her serve if she wishes to compete against Kiki Bertens.
Kiki Bertens has been outstanding throughout this tournament as he is yet to lose a set. Bertens was outstanding in the previous match which she won in straight sets. During the win, Bertens won 80% of her service games and 4 return games to ensure the victory was very comfortable. Kiki Bertens recently on the Madrid Masters and that victory has given the Dutch superstar tons of confidence. Kiki Bertens is playing in her home country and she will have the full support of the crowd. With form and crowd on her side, I see Kiki Bertens in a very good position to win this match.
Kiki Bertens and Alison Riske have played each other 3 times in the past. Bertens has a 3-0 record against Riske. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Australian Open where Kiki Bertens won in straight sets.
Alison Riske has done well to make the final but I see her falling short of the title. Kiki Bertens has been in career best form and I see the Dutch superstar being too strong for Riske in her home country. Bertens will have the crowd on her side and I see that lifting her to win the title.