At the 2019 WTA St Petersburg Open, the number 2 seed, Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands will play her second round match against Ysaline Bonaventure from Belgium.
Ysaline Bonaventure won her previous match convincingly as she beat Katerina Siniakova in straight sets. It was a solid performance by Ysaline Bonaventure as she won 3 break points to gain an advantage over her opponent. It was a relatively close match but Bonaventure was clinical in the second set tiebreaker to establish the victory. Ysaline Bonaventure is yet to establish herself on the WTA stage and she will be expected to be challenged in this match.
On the other side of the coin, Kiki Bertens received an opening round bye due to her seeding. It has been a tough start to the season for Bertens as she failed to make it past the second round of the Australian Open. The 2018 season was massive for Kiki Bertens as she established herself as one of the top players in the world by ending the season ranked in the top 10. Bertens has won 7 WTA title and is far more accomplished when compared to Ysaline Bonaventure. With that in mind, Bertens will enter this match as the favourite.
Ysaline Bonaventure and Kiki Bertens have played twice in the past. As it currently stands, Bertens has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Bonaventure. The most recent match between these two players was in 2015 at a WTA 75K where Kiki Bertens won in 3 sets. Both prior matches between Kiki Bertens and Ysaline Bonaventure were played on clay courts.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Kiki Bertens to win. Bertens is far more skill and accomplished when compared to her opponent. After her strong 2018 season, I see Kiki Bertens making a strong run at this tournament.