Kiki Bertens vs. Aryna Sabalenka
|Date & Time||Thursday June 27, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Kiki Bertens and Aryna Sabalenka meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Eastbourne International.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a straight sets win over Anna-Lena Friedsam that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 59 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Bertens won 56 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 12 break points. Bertens got 48 percent of her first serves in play and saved three of her six break points. Bertens will have to be better with her serve in this contest, as she’s coming off a match where she struggled mightily and had 10 double faults. Bertens has been broken four times and has 12 double faults in her last four sets. Bertens looks to win at least three matches for the fifth time in her last six tournaments. Bertens has won six of her last seven matches on grass court.
Aryna Sabalenka is coming off a three sets win over Caroline Wozniacki that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Sabalenka won 63 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Sabalenka won 57 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 12 break points. Sabalenka got 56 percent of her first serve in play and saved eight of her 13 break points. Sabalenka was able to dig deep despite dropping the first set and being down a match point in the second set. Sabalenka was efficient with her return down the stretch and spread just enough winners to close the deal. It wasn’t the prettiest match, but she’ll certainly take it. Sabalenka has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since Indian Wells. Sabalenka has split her last four matches on grass court.
These two have played three times and Bertens has won all three matches, including the most recent in this years St. Petersburg. Bertens has won the last six sets against Sabalenka. This will be the first meeting on grass.
Both of these players are capable of playing better than what their last two matches have provided, but it’s Sabalenka who is much shakier with her play and wouldn’t be here if Wozniacki had any sort of killer instinct. Bertens has had her way with Sabalenka in previous meetings and is more comfortable on these slow, tricky courts where she can mix things up with finesse.
I like Bertens to make the semifinals.