Sofia Kenin vs. Kirsten Flipkens
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Hobart International Tennis Centre
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Sofia Kenin and Kirsten Flipkens meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Hobart International.
Sofia Kenin is coming off a straight sets win over Ons Jabeur that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Kenin won 59 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Kenin won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on all three of her break points. Kenin has yet to drop a set this tournament and has produced six breaks overall. As the confidence builds for the 20-year-old Kenin, we should start seeing more consistent tennis and deeper runs on the main stage. Kenin has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since Quebec City back in mid-September. Kenin has matches on hard court.
Kirsten Flipkens is coming off a three sets win over Viktoria Kuzmova that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Flipkens won 68 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Flipkens won 59 percent of her total service points and produced eight breaks on 11 break points. Flipkens was a return machine in her last outing and has actually proceeded a combined 13 breaks in her last five sets. It’s not always pretty with the older Flipkens, but she’s a fighter and will always give herself a chance at a victory due to her craftiness. Flipkens has a shot to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since winning an ITF title in the UK back in June. Flipkens has won three of her last four matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Kenin has been the more consistent player up to this point, but Flipkens has the rest advantage and this is the point in tournaments where experience tends to play a key role. Kenin doesn’t find herself in these spots often, and Flipkens is a 33-year-old grinder.
It won’t be the prettiest match in the world, but Flipkens should find a way to prevail.