Van Uytvanck has shown better clay form in the last year but will have to work hard today
Due to start at 3 pm.
Flipkens 2.68, Van Uytvanck 1.56
Head to heads are 1-1. They last met in in February 2016 in Monterrey. Flipkens won on a hard court in 3 sets. Van Uytvanck’s win was indoors in Katowice, Poland. She won in straight sets.
Overall results favour Van Uytvanck in the last 12 months and also in 2018. She has won 60% of her matches this season compared to 47% for Flipkens. Her clay results are also better in the last year although she has just 1 more win than Flipkens in 2018.
Flipkens reached the quarter finals in Lugano in early April. Both her wins that week were as underdog. She reached the second round in Nurnberg last year.
Van Uytvanck reached the second round in Rome as a qualifier. She beat Stosur in 3 sets that week.She has had some tough opponents on clay this season but played well against Mertens and beat Errani in a Fed Cup tie.
I expect a close match. Back Van Uytvanck above 1.80.