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.

Kiki Bertens has cruised through to the quarter-final stage in Gstaad. Bertens smashed Aleksandra Krunic 6-3 6-1 before easing past Anna Zaja 6-4 6-2. Johanna Larsson’s passage to the quarter-final stage has been less straightforward. Larsson started the event with a 7-5 6-4 win over Viktoriya Tomova before overcoming a very sloppy start to beat Barbara Haas 1-6 7-5 6-1.

Johanna Larsson won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-3 6-2 win in Monterrey in 2015. On clay, Bertens should have the edge on this occasion. Bertens is playing confident tennis this week and had proven to be very difficult to beat on clay in the last few years. Larsson is also at her best on clay but her form in her second round match was very shaky and her best tennis is probably behind her. Larsson likes to dictate on this surface but against Bertens she will not be able to do that as often as she would like, Bertens should overpower the Swede.

Prediction: Kiki Bertens to defeat Johanna Larsson in 2 sets


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