Caroline Wozniacki vs Kiki Bertens, Doha R1 Preview

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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.

Caroline Wozniacki should be as well prepared for the 2017 Qatar Total Open as anyone. The Dane has been based in Doha for much of the last couple of weeks practising at the Doha tennis complex. Wozniacki has shown little signs of any improvement in the early stages of the 2017 season. The Dane claimed a couple of easy wins over inferior opponents at each tournament but whenever she came up against a real threat she was exposed. Wozniacki’s fragility was highlighted in her third round exit against Johanna Konta at the Australian Open, the Dane was smashed 6-3 6-1 in match where Wozniacki was just an onlooker.

Kiki Bertens has made a poor start to the year, suffering three first round exits and losing a crucial Fed Cup match in Belarus last weekend. Bertens did an amazing job to see the Netherlands through to the World Group and they would have liked their chances against the Belarussian team in their first round tie. However, with the tie level at 1-1 Bertens was beaten by Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets, a match Bertens would have expected to win. It will be interesting to see if Bertens is able to rebound strongly in time for this very tough first round match-up in Doha.

Caroline Wozniacki won the only previous match between the pair, a 7-5 6-1 win at the Rogers cup in 2012. I expect a similar score on this occasion with one tough set and one easy set. Wozniacki will be very tough to break down this week, the recent form of Bertens suggests she will have little joy on this occasion.

Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Kiki Bertens in 2 sets


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