Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kirsten Flipkens
|Date & Time||Monday June 24, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club
K. Flipkens +163 / C. Wozniacki -225
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Caroline Wozniacki is set to play at the 2019 Eastbourne International in the United Kingdom. Wozniacki will begin her campaign against Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium.
Caroline Wozniacki has not played since the French Open after the Danish superstar took a break to get married. This is Wozniacki’s first grass court tournament and she will be desperate to do well as Wimbledon starts next week. Grass has always been a good surface for Caroline Wozniacki as she has a record of 54-24. The Eastbourne International has been particularly strong for Wozniacki as she has won the title twice in the past. Wozniacki is the current Eastbourne International champion as she won last season. Caroline Wozniacki has had a modest 2019 season although she made the final of the Charleston Open in April. Following a break, Caroline Wozniacki should be fresh as she enters one of her strongest tournaments.
On the other side of the coin, Kirsten Flipkens last played at the Mallorca Open where she was eliminated in the opening round. Prior to Mallorca, Flipkens played at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championship where she made the quarterfinals. At the age of 33, Kirsten Flipkens offers lots of experience and her accomplishments on grass are noteworthy. Flipkens has finished second twice at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championship. This will be a very tough opening round match for Flipkens since her opponent is the defending champion.
Kirsten Flipkens and Caroline Wozniacki 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 2015 where Kirsten Flipkens won in straight sets. Caroline Wozniacki defeated Kirsten Flipkens in 2007.
Kirsten Flipkens has great experience and is a good grass court player. That being said, I see her losing to Wozniacki in the opening round. Wozniacki is an extremely skilled player and her record at Eastbourne is outstanding. Furthermore, Caroline Wozniacki should be fresh following her break. Wozniacki is the defending champion and she should be good enough to begin her 2019 campaign with an easy win.