Kirsten Flipkens vs. Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Friday April 5, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kirsten Flipkens and Angelique Kerber meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Monterrey Open.
Kirsten Flipkens is coming off a straight sets win over Dalila Jakupovic that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Flipkens won 76 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Flipkens won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her eight break points. Flipkens has won all four sets this tournament and has been broken just once in five break points. Flipkens entered this tournament losing five of her last six matches, so this string of success has to have her out of her funk and feeling more confident about her game at the moment. Flipkens has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since winning an ITF title in Southsea back in June. Flipkens has split her last six matches on outdoor hard court.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Karolina Muchova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 70 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Kerber won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her five break points. Kerber looked much more confident in her most recent match, as her serve has improved lately and she’s doing a better job of coming through on the big points. Despite finding ways to win, Kerber has been pushed to the limit a lot lately and has questioned her game, so it’s nice to see her finally take complete control and finish a match without much of an issue. Kerber has won eight of her last 10 matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played twice and Kerber won both meetings. The matches took place in the 2017 and 2014 Wimbledon, so this will obviously be the first meeting on hard court.
Kerber is coming off her best and most complete performance in quite some time, which is great news moving forward. Flipkens hasn’t beaten a top-10 player since upsetting Venus Williams in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Flipkens also entered this tournament in shaky at best form, so I’m not sure a couple of wins completely changes her outlook.
Kerber should win this match comfortably, rolling to the semifinals.