Kiki Bertens vs. Karolina Pliskova
|Date & Time||Friday June 28, 2019, 7:30 AM (EDT)|
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Eastbourne International.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a three sets win over Aryna Sabalenka that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 69 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Bertens won 61 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her five break points. Bertens got 58 percent of her first serves in play and saved four of her seven break points. Bertens has won six of her seven sets this tournament but has also produced 19 double faults during the process, something she could certainly clean up as she chases a title. Bertens has also now split her last 10 matches overall that have gone the distance. Bertens looks to make her fourth final appearance of the year and the 13th final appearance of her career. Bertens has won seven of her last eight matches on grass court.
Karolina Pliskova is coming off a straight sets win over Ekaterina Alexandrova that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 84 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova won 73 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 10 break points. Pliskova got 63 percent of her first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point. Pliskova has won all six sets this tournament and her last two matches have taken an hour or less to complete. Pliskova looks to make her fourth final appearance of the year and the 26th final appearance of her career. Pliskova has won four of her last five matches on grass court.
These two have played four times and Bertens has won three of those matches, including the most recent meeting last year in Montreal. Bertens also won the only match on grass in the 2018 Wimbledon. Pliskova’s only win over Bertens came in 2018 Stuttgart. All four matches were decided in straight sets.
Pliskova is coming off back-to-back strong performances and is the type of player who could make Bertens pay for those unforced errors and double faults. With that said, Bertens is the better grass court player and her finesse and net skills is sure to make the lengthy Pliskova uncomfortable. We also can’t ignore the h2h numbers, as Bertens stole six of eight sets against Pliskova just last year and is 3-1 in matches against her all-time.
I like Bertens to make her fourth final of the year.