Due to start at 5 pm
Bertens 1.59, Mertens 2.66
Mertens leads their previous matches 2-1. The last time they played was in Brisbane in January. Bertens won on a hard court in 3 sets. All their matches were on hard courts. Mertens’ last win was in August 2017 in New Haven, USA. She won in 3 sets.
Bertens made a slow start in the last round against Suarez Navarro but sorted herself out after losing set 1. She lost just 2 more games in the match. She won the title in St Petersburg 2 weeks ago and made the semi finals in Sydney in the second week of the season.
Mertens has had a good week. She caught a break when Karolina Pliskova pulled out to be replaced by sister Kristyna. Mertens beat her in straight sets. In the first round she beat Siniakova in 2 sets. She reached the quarter finals in Sydney and the third round in Melbourne.
Back Bertens around 1.85. I expect Mertens to be competitive.