WTA Elite Trophy, Group Stage: ?? (4) Elise Mertens vs. ?? (10) Anett Kontaveit
Elise Mertens and Anett Kontaveit will go head-to-head for just the second time when they met in Zhuhai. This is a match-up that we should see a lot more of in the future with both players quickly heading to the top after career best season. Kontaveit won their previous match last year but Mertens looks well positioned to reverse that result here.
I’m going to side with Mertens here. Given neither have played for a few weeks, Mertens is seemingly more likely to win because of her greater versatility and margin. Kontaveit needs rhythm and she may be a little rusty here. Mertens seemingly has the perfect mix of attack and defense to make life hard for Kontaveit. Expect Mertens to win a topsy-turvy match.