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.

Kiki Bertens vs Anett Kontaveit, Gstaad Final Preview

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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Kiki Bertens vs Sara Sorribes Tormo, Gstaad SF Preview

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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Kiki Bertens vs Johanna Larsson, Gstaad QF Preview

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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Kiki Bertens vs Ajla Tomljanovic, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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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