Mertens 1.44 v Begu 3.2
Due to start at 01:30
Mertens 2-0. Most recent meeting was April 2017, clay, 2 sets. She won indoors in 2017, 3 sets.
Long term hard win percentages are even. Mertens has the lead in the last 12 months.
Mertens reached the 4th round at the Australian Open and Us Open last year. She reached the semis in Dubai and 4th round in Miami. She beat Zvonareva in straight sets in the last round. She served fairly well and was broken twice from 4 bp’s.
Begu reached the q finals in Melbourne 2 weeks ago. She lost in the 1st round last year and also the 1st round at the US Open. She beat Dodin in 3 sets in the last round. It was a tough match and she faced 15 bp’s. She was broken 7 times.
Chance of 3 sets. Back Mertens above 2.00 and remove liability at 1.50. Back her if she loses set 1.
Update: Mertens saved a bp in the first game. She got the only break of the set to lead 3-1. We didn’t get the entry price. The second set was also one sided and she broke Begu twice.
Mertens won 6-3, 6-2. No trade.