Venus vs. Bertens
|Date & Time||Sunday March 25, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kiki Bertens and Venus Williams meet in the third round of the tennis 2018 Miami Open.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a three sets win over Varvara Lepchenko that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 65 percent of her first serve points and 42 percent of her second serve points. Bertens was able to win a well fought match after a rough start to the season and didn’t win a match comining into this tournament since the Australian Open. Bertens has struggled with her return this season and her second serve has been nonexistent at times. Those are two areas Bertens obviously must improve in order to win this match. Bertens has three career wins over top-10 players, all three coming back in 2016. Bertens has lost five of her last eight matches on hard court.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 61 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Venus managed to win her match rather easily due to winning 55 percent of her return points and giving herself 14 break chances. The problem is Venus continues to struggle with an inconsistent serve and can pile up the unforced errors, resulting in a match that’s a lot longer than it should be. Still, Venus has shown she can get better the longer a tournament drags, and she does have an impressive history playing in Miami. Venus has won six of her last 10 matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two have met on the tennis court.
Venus hasn’t played her best tennis yet this season, but she’s playing well enough to beat lesser talent, and Bertens falls in that boat. Bertens is off to an awful start this season and has had zero success on her second serve. Bertens is also a usual early exit in these big tournaments. Favorable draw here for the top-10 player in the world.
Venus should win this match in straight sets.