Francesca Di Lorenzo vs. Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 6, 2019, 6:30 PM (EDT)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Dutch tennis superstar Kiki Bertens will be playing at the 2019 WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto. Bertens will begin her tournament in the second round against Francesca Di Lorenzo from the United States.
Francesca Di Lorenzo caused an upset in the opening round as she defeated Petra Martic in straight sets. Di Lorenzo seems to have momentum on her side as she entered this tournament following a strong qualifying campaign where she won both of her matches in straight sets. The win against Martic was very impressive as Francesca Di Lorenzo won 91% of her service games while breaking her opponent’s serve on 3 occasions.
On the other side of the coin, Kiki Bertens received a bye in the opening round due to her high seeding. Bertens has been in outstanding form as she finished 2nd at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo and the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. In addition to that, Bertens won the Madrid Masters. Kiki Bertens also made semifinal appearances at the Eastbourne International, Stuttgart Open and Italian Open. The Rogers Cup has been a decent tournament for Kiki Bertens as she made the quarterfinals last season. Considering her recent form, Kiki Bertens will be very tough to beat.
Kiki Bertens and Francesca Di Lorenzo have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2018 at the US Open where Kiki Bertens won in straight sets. It was a dominant win for Bertens as she only lost 3 games in the entire match. The conditions at the Rogers Cup and the US Open are usually similar so both players will have memories of the previous encounter.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick Kiki Bertens to win this match. Kiki Bertens has been in outstanding form and she looks very confident as she enters this tournament. Bertens outclassed Francesca Di Lorenzo last season and I see the Dutch superstar beating the American again.