Hobart International 🇦🇺🌧️ Final Prediction
(2) 🇧🇪 Elise Mertens vs 🇷🇴 Mihaela Buzarnescu
There is a lot to play for in this final. Elise Mertens, the 2017 Hobart champion, is aiming to become the first player to win the Hobart International twice. Mertens has only ever won the 1 WTA title so it would be a huge achievement for the 22-year-old to defend her title. Conversely, Buzarnescu will be competing in her first WTA level final, clearly the biggest match of the 29-year-old’s career.
I’m going to side with Mertens here. I have been really impressed with how Mertens has played over the last two weeks. One match that stood out was Mertens battle with Kerber at the Hopman Cup last week, one of the highest quality matches so far in 2018. Mertens is a player on the rise and is certainly of a higher calibre than Buzarnescu.
I think this will be a good match-up for Mertens. The Belgian has won their 2 prior meetings. I think Mertens matches up well against lefties, mainly because Mertens has a supreme backhand which works against the standard leftie serve. I think Mertens is the more dynamic player in all departments and will be able to handle the occasion better having been in this position before.