Petra Martic vs. Belinda Bencic
|Date & Time||Friday April 5, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
Family Circle Tennis Center
Charleston, South Carolina
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Petra Martic and Belinda Bencic meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Charleston Open.
Petra Martic is coming off a three sets win over Jessica Pegula that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Martic won 58 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Martic won 54 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 16 break points. Martic has now won six of her eight sets this tournament and has produced a combined 12 breaks in her last two matches. Martic has a chance to win four straight matches for the first time since winning a challenger title in Chicago back in August. Martic has won seven of her last eight matches on clay court.
Belinda Bencic is coming off a straight sets win over Taylor Townsend that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Bencic won 77 percent of her first serve points and 69 percent of her second serve points. Bencic won 75 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her six break points. Bencic has yet to drop a set this tournament and has been broken just twice on six break points. It’s clear Bencic has found her groove again and should be considered on the of the favorites to win this tournament based on the opened up field. Bencic has a chance to win at least four matches for the third time in her last four tournaments. Bencic has won four of her last five matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Martic is obviously a worthy opponent, but Bencic has been the better player not only this event but overall this season as well. Betting against Bencic in her current form isn’t a wise move, as she’s won 15 of her last 17 matches and has been serving at a very high level during that stretch. It's also worth mentioning that Martic has been shaky in two of her three matches and can struggle with her serve for lengthy periods.
Until she cools off, you should continue to back Bencic.