Mandy Minella vs. Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 2, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
K. Bertens -1786 / M. Minella +800
Dutch tennis superstar, Kiki Bertens will begin her 2019 Wimbledon campaign against Mandy Minella.
Mandy Minella last played at the Eastbourne International where she was eliminated in the opening round. Minella lost to Ons Jabeur. During the defeat, Mandy Minella served extremely poorly as she only won 59% of her service points which allowed her opponent to win 4 return games.
It has been a poor 2019 season for Mandy Minella and she currently has a record of 19-21. Minella has a record 1-2 on grass in 2019. Grass is considered one of Mandy Minella’s weaker surfaces as she has a career record of 11-20 on this surface. This is expected to be a very tough match for Mandy Minella as she is playing against the number 4 seed.
On the other side of the coin, Kiki Bertens has been in outstanding form. Prior to arriving at Wimbledon, Bertens made the semifinals of the Eastbourne International and the final of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. At Eastbourne, Bertens beat Aryna Sabalenka although she was beaten by Karolina Pliskova
Bertens has already won 2 WTA titles in 2019 and the Dutch superstar looks to be playing with a lot of confidence. Kiki Bertens made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last season. Considering her current form, Kiki Bertens will be very tough to stop in this tournament.
Mandy Minella and Kiki Bertens have played each other twice in the past with both players winning on one occasion. The most recent match between these two players was in 2010 when Kiki Bertens won in straight sets. Mandy Minella defeated Bertens in 2008.
As far as this match is concerned, I am picking Kiki Bertens to win. Bertens has become an elite player over the past 24 months and the Dutch superstar has been in supreme form leading up to this event. Bertens is a better player than Minella and she should be good enough to win in straight sets.