Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Kiki Bertens
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 3:00 AM (Utsubo Tennis Center)
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Dutch tennis superstar, Kiki Bertens will be playing in the 2019 WTA Pan Pacific Open in Osaka, Japan. Bertens will begin her tournament in the second round where she will play against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova enters this match having beaten Dayana Yastremska in straight sets in the previous round. It was a very dominant display by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she only lost 4 games in the entire match. During the victory, Pavlyuchenkova impressed with her receiving as she won 66% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 6 occasions. The serving was also solid from Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she won 75% of her service games. This is expected to be a much tougher match as Kiki Bertens is the number 2 seed.
Looking at Kiki Bertens, the Dutch superstar received a bye in the opening round due to her seeding. Bertens last played at the Zhengzhou Open where she was eliminated following her first match. Bertens had a tough North American season and it seems like her poor form has continued as she struggled during her previous match. Having said that, Kiki Bertens has an outstanding record in Asia as she has won titles including the Korea Open. Bertens had a very strong Asian leg last season and she will be hoping that she can find that kind of form in this tournament.
Kiki Bertens and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have played each other 7 times in the past. Bertens has won on 5 occasions while Pavlyuchenkova has won twice. The most recent match between these two players was only weeks ago at the US Open where Kiki Bertens won in straight sets.
Kiki Bertens has not had the strongest string of results recently but the Dutch superstar is an elite player and I see her winning this match. Bertens easily won against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during the US Open and I see a repeat of that result in this match.