Catherine Bellis vs Elise Mertens, Dubai R1 Prediction

?? Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R1 Prediction
?? (wc) Catherine Bellis vs ?? Elise Mertens

This promises to be an extremely close match between two in-form, determined rising-stars of the tour. I’m going to give the slight edge to Mertens. I think Mertens has the more dynamic game and is slightly more mature and consistent at this level. Mertens has better movement around the court and also has a better serve and is more willing to come forward to the net. These factors should give Mertens the edge. Also, I am wary of how Bellis will fare in Dubai coming off a long week in Doha, a tough ask for the 18-year-old.

Prediction: Elise Mertens to defeat Catherine Bellis in 3 sets

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