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.
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.
Ladies Championship, Gstaad, 🇨🇭🏔️🏆 Final Preview
(2) 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens vs (3) 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit
Sunday’s final at the Ladies Championship, Gstaad presented by IXION Services promises to be a thriller when 2016 runner-up Kiki Bertens takes on a red-hot Anett Kontaveit. Kiki Bertens has been one of the most consistent performers on a clay court on the WTA tour over the last few years, Bertens has amassed a 47/11 win/loss record on the surface since the start of last year and will be eager to go one step better in Gstaad and win the title on Sunday. In her way is Anett Kontaveit, the Estonian is in the form of her career as she enters Sunday’s final having won 17 of her last 20 matches. Both players have some impressive numbers by their name heading into what should be an extremely close final in Gstaad, it looks very difficult to separate the pair heading into this match.
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Ladies Championship, Gstaad, 🇨🇭🏔️ Semi-Final Preview
SF #2: (2) 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens vs 🇪🇸 Sara Sorribes Tormo
Kiki Bertens will be aiming to reach back-to-back finals in Gstaad when she comes up against Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first semi-final of the day on Saturday. Bertens has an extremely impressive 46-11 win/loss record on clay over the last two seasons and looms as the favourite to win the title in Gstaad entering the semi-final stage of the event. Sara Sorribes Tormo will be out to cause the upset of the tournament, the Spaniard will be aiming to reach her first tour level final and will need to produce the biggest win of her career if she is to reach Sunday’s final.
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Ladies Championship, Gstaad, 🇨🇭🏔️ Quarter-final Preview
(2) 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens vs (5) 🇸🇪 Johanna Larsson
The pick of the quarter-final clashes on Friday in Gstaad sees 2016 runner-up Kiki Bertens come up against an in-form Johanna Larsson. Bertens and Larsson both play their best tennis on clay and each enter this match with good momentum on their side.
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Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
(18) 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens vs 🇦🇺 Ajla Tomljanovic
Kiki Bertens looms as a dark horse heading into Roland Garros 2017. Bertens made her big breakthrough at the event last year when she reached the semi-finals of the tournament, Bertens arrives in Paris on a high after winning the title in Nuremburg. Bertens takes on Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round in Paris, a potentially dangerous first round opponent for Bertens.
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Internazionali BNL d’Italia, 🇮🇹 Rome SF Preview
SF #1: (6) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs (15) 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens
Saturday’s first semi-final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia sees a red-hot Simona Halep take on the vastly improving Kiki Bertens. Simona Halep enters this semi-final clash on a 9-match winning streak having won the Mutua Madrid Open last week. The Romanian is now the favourite heading into Roland Garros and will look to build even more momentum by winning back-to-back titles.
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Qatar Total Open, 🇶🇦 First Round Match Preview:
🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens
Caroline Wozniacki will be in action for the first time since her third round Australian Open exit when she opens her Qatar Total Open campaign against Kiki Bertens on Tuesday afternoon. Wozniacki made a strong finish to 2016 but failed to bring that same level to the start of the 2017 season. The Dane will be keen for a strong showing in Doha to really jumpstart her season. Wozniacki should enjoy this match-up against an out of form Kiki Bertens who is fresh off a very disappointing Fed Cup outing in Belarus last weekend.
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Roland Garros, First Round
(2) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens
Angelique Kerber will begin her 2016 Roland Garros campaign with a potentially dangerous first round clash against an in form Kiki Bertens. Kerber arrives in Paris on the back of consecutive opening round losses whilst Bertens arrives in Paris on a 7 match winning streak after coming through the qualifying draw to win the title in Nurnberg last week. Bertens is very comfortable on a clay court, whilst the same cannot be said about Kerber. An upset looks like a real possibility.
Angelique Kerber’s form has generally been unspectacular since she claimed her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne earlier this year. The German has often struggled on the clay and that has once again been true in 2016. Kerber suffered first round losses in Madrid and Rome, beaten by Barbora Strycova and Eugenie Bouchard. Kerber did win the title in Stuttgart but the conditions in Stuttgart are nothing like the heavy conditions in Paris. Roland Garros has been Kerber’s least successful slam, but Kerber has still had some decent results in Paris having made the quarter-final stage in 2012 and has twice reached the fourth round.
Kiki Bertens is a player on the rise. The 24-year-old has already won 35 matches in all competitions in 2016 and arrives in Paris on a high after claiming the singles and doubles title last week in Nurnberg. Bertens dropped just 1 set in 7 victories on route to the title last week, the prefect preparation for her first round match at Roland Garros. Bertens has thrived in Fed Cup action, guiding the Netherlands to the semi-finals in 2016 where she won both of her singles matches in an away tie with France (on clay against Mladenovic and Garcia). Clearly Bertens is not daunted by the big stage.
The only previous meeting between Kerber and Bertens took place earlier this year in Miami. Bertens was all over Kerber in that match, but an injury halted her progress and she was forced to retire from that match in the third set with the score at 1-6 6-2 3-0. Bertens has all the weapons to trouble Kerber, especially on a traditional clay court. If Bertens serves well she has a good chance to cause an upset here because she will be able to put pressure on Kerber in the majority of the German’s service games. It seems like a top seed is always eliminated from the early stages of a Grand Slam, it looks like it could be Kerber on this occasion.
Prediction: Kiki Bertens to defeat Angelique Kerber in 3 sets
Hobart QF: (Q) Kiki Bertens vs (3) Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova looms as the most dangerous unseeded player heading into next week’s Australian Open. The Slovakian continues to gain momentum heading into her most successful Grand Slam. Dominika has a wonderful chance to reach the semi-finals at the Hobart International on Thursday when she comes up against Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens in the first quarter-final of the day.
Kiki Bertens is having a great week in Hobart, coming through a relatively tough qualifying draw to make a rare quarter-final appearance. Bertens recorded victories over Smitkova, Sakkari and Cepede Royg to advance to the main draw where she has picked up victories over Madison Brengle and Annika Beck. Kiki’s 6-3 6-1 second round victory over Annika Beck in the second round was particularly impressive. Bertens will face her biggest test of the week when she comes up against the 2014 Australian Open runner-up on Thursday afternoon.
Dominika Cibulkova has played some good tennis in Hobart this week. The Slovakian started the week with a very hard-fought 7-6 7-5 victory over Johanna Konta. Domi came from 1-6 down in the first set tiebreaker, winning 7 straight points to steal the opening set. Dominika also came from behind in the second set, overall it was a typically gutsy victory. The Slovakian’s second round victory was far more straightforward, 6-1 6-0 demolition of Kimberly Birrell in just 49 minutes.
Surprisingly, It was Kiki Bertens who won the only previous meetings between the pair, a 7-5 6-4 victory at the Paris indoors in 2013. I suspect we will see a far different results here, Dominika looks very motivated this week and should match-up well here. Bertens has a big game but lacks variety and is the type of opponent that Dominika usually plays very well against.
Prediction: Dominika Cibulkova to defeat Kiki Bertens in 2 sets