Dutch tennis superstar, Kiki Bertens has made it into the third round of the 2019 WTA Charleston Open where she will play against Maria Sakkari from Greece.
Maria Sakkari enters this match having won her previous outing in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Sakkari as she only lost 3 games in the entire match. During the win, Sakkari returned serve exceptionally well as she won 61% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponents serve on 6 occasions. Sakkari also served well as she won 86% of her service games. This will be a tougher match for Maria Sakkari since Bertens is expected to be a stronger opponent.
On the other side of the coin, Kiki Bertens also won her previous match in straight sets. Similar to Sakkari, Bertens was also dominant in her win as she also lost only 3 games in her match. Bertens won 75% of her return games and 86% of her service games to ease past her opponent. Bertens has been in good form this season as she showed by winning the St Petersburg Open. Kiki Bertens looks high on confidence and in good form which should make it very hard for her to be beaten.
Kiki Bertens and Maria Sakkari have played 5 times in the past. As it currently stands, Bertens has a stronger record of 3-2. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at WTA Seoul where Kiki Bertens won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Kiki Bertens to win. Both Sakkari and Bertens are playing well but the Dutch player has been in better form this season. Bertens is more accomplished and has more experience than Sakkari and I see that being a decisive factor in this match. Bertens to win.