Sofia Kenin vs. Elise Mertens
|Date & Time||Friday June 21, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
Santa Ponsa Tennis Academy
Santa Ponsa, Mallorca
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Sofia Kenin and Elise Mertens meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Mallorca Open.
Sofia Kenin is coming off a straight sets win over Ons Jabeur that took 10 games to decide. In the victory, Kenin won 85 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Kenin won 77 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her five break points. Kenin only played 38 minutes due to her opponent retiring early in the second set, so she’s more than rested for this quarterfinal match. Kenin has been very consistent with her first serve this tournament and has saved all six of her break points through three full sets. Kenin has a chance to win three straight matches for the second straight tournament. Kenin has won six of her last eight matches on grass court.
Elise Mertens is coming off a straight sets win over Samantha Stosur that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Mertens won 79 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Mertens won 69 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her nine break points. Mertens got 65 percent of her first serves in play and faced only two break points in the victory. Mertens has won all four sets this tournament and has been consistent with her return that’s produced a combined nine breaks. Mertens looks to win three straight matches for the first time since winning Doha back in February. Mertens has won two of her last three matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Kenin has been the more consistent player these last few weeks and has been far more consistent with her serve. While Mertens has won all four sets this tournament, she’s also produced 13 double faults and has a questionable second serve. Kenin is playing with a lot more confidence and is hitting the ball with great pace during this quiet winning stretch she’s been on lately.
I like the American to keep things rolling and make the semifinals.