Elise Mertens vs. Wang Qiang
|Date & Time||Saturday July 6, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
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Elise Mertens will play against Wang Qiang in the third round at Wimbledon.
Wang Qiang enters this match having won her previous match in straight sets. It was a dominant win in the previous match by Wang as she only lost 3 games in the entire match. The receiving was outstanding by Wang Qiang as she won 58% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. The serving was also impressive as Wang Qiang won all of her service games.
It has been a very strong tournament for Wang Qiang as she has won both of her matches in straight sets. In the two matches, Wang has won 100% of her service games and 56% of her receiving games.
On the other side of the coin, Elise Mertens also won her previous match in straight sets. It was a close opening set which Mertens won 7-5 but the Belgian superstar ran away with the match in the second set which she won 6-0. During the victory, Elise Mertens received serve exceptionally well. Mertens won 56% of her receiving points which allowed her to win 6 return games.
Similar to Wang Qiang, Elise Mertens has also done very well in this tournament as she has also won both of her matches in straight sets. Unlike Wang Qiang, Mertens has struggled with her serving as she has already lost 3 service games in this tournament.
Elise Mertens and Wang Qiang have played each other 3 times in the past. Wang has won on all 3 occasions. The most recent match between Elise Mertens and Wang Qiang was earlier in the season at the Indian Wells Open. Wang won in 3 sets. All 3 matches between Wang and Mertens have been played on hard courts.
Elise Mertens is a very skillful player but I see her losing this match. Mertens has struggled with her serve and I see Wang exploiting that issue. Wang has beaten Mertens in all their past meeting so the Chinese superstar should have the momentum on her side. With that in mind, I see Wang Qiang winning this match and securing a spot in the fourth round.