Belinda Bencic vs. Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Sunday September 23, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Bertens -278 / Bencic +210 -- Over/Under:
Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Wuhan Open.
Kiki Bertens is one of the hotter players in the planet right now, as she’s currently won 11 of her last 12 matches and is making a run for a title in South Korea. Bertens has everything working for her game right now, especially her return that’s been aggressive and producing constant break points. At 26 years old, you can make a case this is the best and most consistent we’ve ever seen Bertens, and she’s worthy of being looked at as a top-10 player these days. With now 14 wins under her belt since Wimbledon, betting against Bertens doesn’t seem to be a wise move. Bertens has gone from being a respectable player who can’t be overlooked to being a player who can win any tournament overnight, and it’s been fun to watch. Bertens has won five of her last six matches on hard court.
Belinda Bencic enters this tournament losing four of her last five matches and eight of her last 11 sets. Bencic has lost each of her last three matches and is coming off a performance in which she won just 49 percent of her total service points and was broken five times. We all know the player Bencic is capable of being, but the consistency continues to be an issue and it makes it tough to judge her based on a handicapping perspective. You can never be quite sure which Bencic you’re going to get. Right now, Bencic simply isn’t playing well and has gone four straight matches winning less than 60 percent of her total service points. Bencic has lost five of her last eight matches on hard court.
Bertens won the only meeting, which was in the 2017 Indian Wells, a match she won in straight sets. The match took 16 games to be decided.
Bencic is always worth a look as an underdog based on her talent and ability, but she’s ice cold right now and going up against the hottest player. It’s really a match between two players heading in completely opposite directions. Fatigue could be an issue for Bertens based on how things play out in South Korea, but even then, she’s not a player I’m looking to step in front of right now.
So, until she cools off, I’ll continue to back Bertens.