WTA St Petersburg, Final: Rybakina v Bertens

Elena Rybakina 2.46, Kiki Bertens 1.65

Due to start at 1:30 pm

Bertens won their only previous meeting. That was in June 2019 on grass in the semi final of Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. She won in 2 close sets.

Rybakina has slightly better overall results in the last 12 months. Her indoor results are also stronger in the same period. Her longer term indoor results are also better.

Defending champion Bertens has had tough matches in the last 2 rounds. Ekaterina Alexandrova took her to 3 sets yesterday and Anastasia Potapova kept both their sets very close.

Kiki Bertens
Kiki Bertens – Photo: TennisWorldUsa

Rybakina has lost the first set in her last 2 matches. Oceane Dodin played extremely well in their quarter final and took the first set in a tiebreak. She then took a 3-1 lead in the second set before Rybakina started her fight back. In the semi final Maria Sakkari broke Rybakina’s serve 3 times in their opening set. Rybakina broke at the start of set 2 and although she wasn’t able to hold on to that break she managed to find another break near the end of the set. Sakkari was broken 4 times in the deciding set.

Both players have held 80% of their service games this week. The other stats all favour Bertens who has faced tougher opponents. Back Bertens around 1.90 to 2.00. Decent chance of 3 sets.

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