Elise Mertens vs Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Thursday February 14, 2019, 11:00 AM (EST)|
Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Belgian tennis superstar, Elise Mertens has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Qatar Open in Doha. Mertens will know be challenged by Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands as both of these players compete for a position in the semifinals.
Elise Mertens enters this match having won her previous fixture in straight sets against Kristyna Pliskova. During the victory, Elise Mertens returned serve exceptionally well as she won 54% of the points played during her opponent’s serve. Mertens won 50% of her return games and that ensured that she always had an advantage over her opponent. It has been a good tournament for Elise Mertens as she is yet to lose a single set in her two matches. Considering her recent form, Mertens will feel confident as she heads into this clash.
On the other side of the coin, Kiki Bertens won her previous match in 3 sets. It was a very close match but Bertens performed well enough by winning 82% of her service games and 5 return games to secure victory. Bertens had a tough start to the 2019 season but she returned to form recently as she won the WTA St Petersburg Open a few weeks ago. Bertens is a much more accomplished player when compared to Elise Mertens which should be an advantageous asset.
Elise Mertens and Kiki Bertens have played 3 times in the past. Mertens has won on 2 occasions and Bertens has only won once. The most recent match between these two players was earlier this season at the Brisbane International where Kiki Bertens won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am picking Kiki Bertens to win this match. Bertens is more accomplished and looks in good form having recent won a WTA title. Bertens beat Mertens earlier in the season and I see the Dutch superstar getting her second win against Elise Mertens in this match.