Angelique Kerber vs. Kiki Bertens, Singapore RR Preview

WTA Finals Singapore, Red Group match preview
🇩🇪 (1) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇳🇱 (8) Kiki Bertens

The top seeded Angelique Kerber begins her Singapore campaign on Monday night against WTA Finals debutant Kiki Bertens. On paper this is the greatest mismatch of all the group stage matches but Kerber has not been in the greatest form of late and the newly crowned most improved player on the year Kiki Bertens is having the greatest season of her career. Can Bertens pull off the upset?

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in action during the first round at the 2018 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Angelique Kerber is the top seeded player in the draw and the player with the most Grand Slam titles to her name (3). However, Kerber’s form since winning Wimbledon earlier this year has not been great which has been true of her tendency to struggle after winning a major title. Kerber has achieved a modest 5-5 win/loss record since Wimbledon and has to be desperate to recapture her early season form to end another memorable season on a high.

Kiki Bertens is essentially playing with house money in Singapore. Bertens was part of the late dash for spots in Singapore as she competed in Moscow last week. Bertens seemingly blew her chance of qualifying when she was defeated in the first round by Aliaksandra Sasnovich but the withdrawal of Simona Halep handed Bertens a spot in the elite 8. Bertens has also been in modest form of late having won 4 of her last 8 matches, more importantly Bertens has been beaten by players she would expect to beat.

Kerber holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Bertens. The most recent match between the two took place at Roland Garros earlier this year where Kerber claimed a tight straight set win.

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Simona Halep vs. Kiki Bertens, Cincinnati Final Preview

🇺🇸 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Final Preview
🇷🇴 (1) Simona Halep vs. 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens

Simona Halep will be looking to extend her winning streak and strengthen her hold at the top of the rankings when she takes on Kiki Bertens in Sunday’s final at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Halep and Bertens are arguably the two form players over the last month, expect a high quality final between two extremely confident competitors. Halep has had the better of this match-up in the past but this will be their first match on a hard court in almost a decade. Can Bertens take down the world number 1 to win the biggest title of her career?

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Simona Halep is on a roll, full of confidence and at the top of her game. Halep arrived in Cincinnati straight from a gruelling final win over Sloane Stephens at the Rogers Cup. It would have been understandable if Halep took this tournament lightly, to the contrary she has been extremely strong on route to her 6th final of the year. The world number 1 made a slow start to the event with a 3 set win over Ajla Tomljanovic before beating Ashleigh Barty, Lesia Tsurenko and Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets. Halep’s ability to take down a red-hot Sabalenka was certainly a confidence boosting win.

It has been an outstanding month for Kiki Bertens. Bertens arrived in Cincinnati fresh from back-to-back quarter-final appearances at Wimbledon and the Rogers Cup. Bertens rolled through her first couple of matches, beating CoCo Vandeweghe and Caroline Wozniacki, dropping a combined 6 games. Bertens then required 3 sets to get by Anett Kontaveit in an injury interrupted match before producing her best performance in a straight set demolition of Elina Svitolina. Bertens booked her spot in the final with a gutsy 3-6 6-4 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova to give herself a chance to win a maiden hard court title.

Halep holds a 3-1 H2H record over Bertens. Halep won the two recent meetings between the pair, both in straight sets: 7-5 6-1 in Rome last year and 6-4 6-3 at Wimbledon in 2016. This will be the first meeting between the two on a hard court in almost 8 years.

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Kiki Bertens, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇨🇿 (7) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇳🇱 (20) Kiki Bertens

Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens will go head-to-head on ‘manic Monday’ at SW19. This is the first time both Pliskova and Bertens have reached the fourth round stage at Wimbledon, a huge opportunity for both to reach the final 8 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Pliskova easily defeated Bertens earlier this year in Stuttgart. Can Bertens, fresh off an big upset win over Venus Williams reverse their previous result and cause yet another upset?

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Karolina Pliskova arrived at Wimbledon in average form and having lost at the second round stage in her last 5 appearances at Wimbledon. The 7th seed broke her Wimbledon hoodoo to reach the second week for the first time thanks to a couple of tough victories. Pliskova started the tournament off with a fairly poor performance, beating local wild-card Harriet Dart in 3 sets. Pliskova dramatically improved her level as she comfortably defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-3 before fighting from a set and 1-4 down to defeat Mihaela Buzarnescu 3-6 7-6 6-1. Pliskova is the only top 10 seed remining in her half of the draw.

Kiki Bertens is through to the second week of a Grand Slam for the third time in her career, the first time away from Roland Garros. The 20th seed cruised through her first couple of matches, beating Barbora Stefkova and Anna Blinkova in straight sets. Bertens claimed one of the biggest wins of her career on Friday as she eliminated 5-time former champion Venus Williams 6-2 6-7 8-6. After losing a tight second set and going down an early break in the decider it seemed Bertens was heading for the exit door, Bertens rebounded strongly to claim a memorable win.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece at the tour level. The only recent match between the pair was earlier this year on clay in Stuttgart, Pliskova claimed a comfortable 6-2 6-2 victory.

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Venus Williams vs. Kiki Bertens, Wimbledon R3 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R3 Preview
🇺🇸 (9) Venus Williams vs. 🇳🇱 (20) Kiki Bertens

The 9th seeded Venus Williams continues her quest for a 6th Wimbledon title on Friday with a third round clash against the 20th seeded Kiki Bertens. Venus has not been at her sharpest through her first couple of matches this week, the 38-year-old was required to come from a set down in each of her previous matches and will be aiming for a more commanding performance as the competition heats up.

Venus Williams of the United States in action during the second round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Venus Williams has claimed two very similar victories on route to the third round at SW19. A 6-7 6-2 6-1 win over Johanna Larsson followed by a 4-6 6-0 6-1 win against Alexandra Dulgheru. Venus was able to get away with a slow start in her first few matches but that is unlikely to be the case against Bertens, expect Venus to come out firing with a spot in the second week up for grabs.

Kiki Bertens claimed back-to-back comfortable victories on route to the third round stage at SW19. Bertens started her campaign with a 6-3 6-2 win over Barbora Stefkova before defeating Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-0. This is the second time Bertens has made it to the third round at Wimbledon, the 26-year-old will be playing to reach the fourth round for the first time, Bertens as only previously made it to the second week at a Grand Slam at Roland Garros.

The only previous match between the pair was a dramatic one, a 5-7 6-3 7-5 victory for Venus Williams. Venus was up 5-0 in the opening set before dropping 7 consecutive games. Each set was topsy-turvy, Bertens in a match winning position when she led by a break in the deciding set.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Kiki Bertens, Roland Garros R3 Preview

Roland Garros, R3 Preview
🇩🇪 (12) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇳🇱 (18) Kiki Bertens

A Fascinating third round clash in Paris sees the 12th seeded Angelique Kerber take on the 18th seeded Kiki Bertens. Kerber is flying under the radar in Paris, after a couple of first round exits at Roland Garros in the past few year’s little was expected of Kerber this year. Nevertheless, Kerber has moved into the third round without dropping a set, the 2-time Grand Slam champion will face a huge test against former semi-finalist Kiki Bertens, will she rise to the occasion?

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Angelique Kerber has cruised into the third round in Paris for the first time since 2015. The German easily disposed of two potentially problematic opponents, the 12th seed started the week with a 6-2 6-3 win over Mona Barthel followed by a 6-2 6-3 win over Ana Bogdan.

Kiki Bertens has also been untroubled on route to the third round in Paris. Bertens crushed a pair of Belarusian opponents to reach the third round, starting with a 6-2 6-1 win over Aryna Sabalenka before defeating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 6-2. Bertens had a big breakthrough in 2016 in Paris where she reached the semi-finals and she looms as a genuine contender at this year’s event.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. The only completed match between the pair took place at the opening round stage at Roland Garros in 2016 where Bertens defeated the then reigning Australian Open champion 6-2 3-6 6-3.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Kiki Bertens, Madrid Final Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, 🏆 Final Preview
🇨🇿 (10) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens

Saturday’s Mutua Madrid Open final will see the 10th seed and two-time former champion: Petra Kvitova take on the tour’s clay court specialist Kiki Bertens. Kvitova and Bertens both enter this final in supreme form, both head into this match on the back beating a top 10 opponents, Kvitova is on a 10-match winning streak whilst Bertens has won 11 of her last 12 matches. Expect a high quality, close final, who will prevail?

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Petra Kvitova is now within touching distance of becoming the first woman to win the Mutua Madrid Open title on 3 occasions. It has been an outstanding couple of weeks for Kvitova given she arrived in Madrid straight after winning the title in Prague. Kvitova will be aiming to win back-to-back titles for the second time this year and become the first in 2018 to win 4 titles. Kvitova booked her spot in Saturday’s final with a hard-fought 7-6 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova. Petra also defeated Lesia Tsurenko, Monica Puig, Annett Kontaveit and Daria Kasatkina on route to the final.

It can now be argued that Kiki Bertens is the tour’s number 1 clay court specialist. Bertens has an outstanding record on clay over the last few years, amassing an outstanding 50/10 win/loss record at tour level events on clay in the last 3 seasons. Bertens has gone on a giant killing run in Madrid, beating two top 10 opponents and a former champion on route to the final. Bertens started the week with straight set wins over Maria Sakkari, Anastasija Sevastova and Caroline Wozniacki. Bertens’ biggest test came at the quarter-final stage where she came from a set down to beat Maria Sharapova before reaching the biggest final of her career with a clinical 6-2 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia.

Kvitova thrashed Bertens in their only previous encounter, a 6-1 6-0 victory in the first round at Wimbledon in 2015. Bertens was no match for Kvitova on that occasion but almost three years later when they meet in the Madrid final expect Bertens to be far more competitive on a surface that makes this a very even match-up.

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Maria Sharapova vs. Kiki Bertens, Madrid QF Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, QF Preview
🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs. 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens

An intriguing quarter-final clash in Madrid sees Maria Sharapova and Kiki Bertens go head-to-head for the first time. Kiki Bertens continues to display her clay court pedigree, Bertens is one of the tour’s true clay court specialists and enters this match on a high after a big win over Caroline Wozniacki. Nevertheless Sharapova will not be intimated as Sharapova herself is very handy on the red dirt, Sharapova is a former champion in Madrid and will enter this match with a point to prove as she plays on the big stage of a big tournament for the first time in a while.

Both Sharapova and Bertens have progressed to the quarter-final stage in Madrid without dropping a set. Both have worked their ways through reasonably tough sections of the draw. Sharapova has claimed wins over Mihaela Buzarnescu, Irina-Camelia Begu and Kristina Mladenovic whilst Bertens beat Maria Sakkari, Anastasija Sevastova and Caroline Wozniacki on route to the final 8.

Sharapova and Bertens both enter this clash fresh off their best performances of the week. Sharapova defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4 whilst Bertens scored a big 6-2 6-2 win over the second seeded Caroline Wozniacki. This will be a battle between two players that posses huge power, albeit different types of power. The flat hitting of Sharapova against the heavy topspin of Bertens, who will prevail?

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kiki Bertens, Madrid R3 Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, R3 Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens will be looking for a first career victory over Caroline Wozniacki when the pair meet at the third round stage of the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday. Wozniacki holds a perfect 3-0 record over Bertens but this will be their first career meeting on a clay court, Bertens preferred surface and Wozniacki’s least preferred surface. Can Bertens use her clay court craft to claim an upset win?

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Bertens has cruised past two decent opponents to reach the third round in Madrid. Bertens started the week with a 6-4 6-4 win over Maria Sakkari before beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-4, two good wins over solid opponents that don’t give much away for free.

Caroline Wozniacki cruised past Daria Gavrilova in the opening round, winning 6-3 6-1 but was forced to work extremely hard for a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty. Wozniacki was on the verge of defeat in the third set when she trailed 2-4 30-40 but it was Wozniacki who remained tough under pressure to win the last 4 games of the match.

Wozniacki has won all three of the previous matches between the pair in straight sets. The most recent match between the pair took place at the Australian Open earlier this year where the Dane won 6-4 6-3.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Kiki Bertens, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R3 Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇳🇱 (30) Kiki Bertens

Caroline Wozniacki survived an almighty scare in the second round to keep her hopes of capturing a maiden Grand Slam title alive in Melbourne. Wozniacki came from 1-5 15-40 down against Jana Fett in the deciding set, winning 6 consecutive games as her inexperienced opponent crumbled under pressure. Wozniacki will be back in action on Friday against Kiki Bertens where a spot in the 4th round is up for grabs. Wozniacki will be aiming for a far more straightforward victory on this occasion.

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Caroline Wozniacki can consider herself very lucky to still be in the tournament. The 2nd seed looked destined for an early exit with Jana Fett serving at 5-1 40-15 in the deciding set of their second round match. However, Fett’s level quickly deteriorated with the finish line within touching distance. Wozniacki was experienced enough to make the most of the situation as she fought her way to a 3-6 6-2 7-5 win over Fett. The concern for Wozniacki was that Fett was all over her and really should have won that match, not a great sign for Wozniacki. It will be interesting to see if Wozniacki can make the most of her second chance in the tournament.

Kiki Bertens arrived in Melbourne in poor form but has done well to reach the 3rd round at Melbourne Park for the first time in her career. Bertens started the week with a very impressive win over Catherine Bellis, a 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over a very tough opponent. In the second round, Bertens beat Nicole Gibbs 7-6 6-0, another good win over a solid opponent. Bertens will need to raise her level even further if she is to get past Wozniacki in the next round.

Wozniacki has won both of the previous matches between the pair. The only recent match between the pair was last year in Doha where Wozniacki won 6-3 6-2.

Garbine Muguruza vs Kiki Bertens, Sydney R2 Preview

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R2 Preview
(1/wc) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens

Top seeded Garbine Muguruza begins her Sydney International campaign on Wednesday where she will take on Kiki Bertens in the second round. As the top seed, Muguruza received a bye into the second round where she will face a tough test against Bertens, Muguruza has not beaten Bertens in 3 prior attempts. This is an important tournament for Muguruza after she was forced to retire due to cramps in her opening round match in Brisbane last week.

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Garbine Muguruza had an unfortunate start to her 2018 campaign in Brisbane last week. Muguruza was up a set and break In her opening round match against Aleksandra Krunic before the Spaniard started to cramp. Early in the deciding set the cramps were felt all of Muguruza’s body and she was to retire. As a result, Muguruza decided to take a wild card into this weeks event in Sydney to play a few more matches before heading down to Melbourne.

Kiki Bertens made a poor start to her season last week in Brisbane. The 26-year-old ran into a red-hot Ana Konjuh and was beaten 6-1 6-2. Bertens made a much better start in Sydney, claiming an impressive 6-2 6-4 win over in-form American qualifier Kirstie Ahn.

It is Bertens who has won all 3 of the previous matches between the pair, however these results are mostly irrelevant as they were all between 2010 and 2012 and were all on clay.