Kerber’s preparation for Wimbledon starts here and she should take a close match
Due to start at 3:39 pm
Kerber 1.53, Cibulkova 2.84
Kerber leads their previous matches 6-5. Their last meeting was in January this season in Sydney. Kerber won in straight sets on a hard court. They never met on grass.
Stronger overall results for Kerber in the last 12 months and also in 2018. She also has slightly better grass results. She lost to Riske last week and I suspect she wasn’t interested in that tournament as she has quarter final ranking points to defend this week and then fourth round points to defend at Wimbledon. She wanted to be rested for what she hopes will be a busy 2 or 3 weeks.
Cibulkova has had a bit of an erratic season so far. You never really know how she will play. She won this title in 2016 but since then has only won grass matches at Wimbledon. She bucked that trend this week with a win over Makarova in the first round. She served well in that match.
I think Kerber will be motivated this week. Back herr above 1.75