WTA Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati: Kvitova v Mertens

Due to start at 7 pm

Kvitova 1.52,  Mertens 2.80

This will be their first meeting.

Both have very strong results this season. Kvitova leads 80% v 74% matches won. They are also very even on hard courts but Mertens has a slightly better win percentage.

Mertens beat Stephens in the last round. The first set was very scrappy. Stephens was a break ahead 3 times but lost the set in a tie break. There were 7 mini breaks in the tie break and Stephens had 3 set points. Mertens was comfortable in set 2.

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova beat Serena Williams in her first match and had no problems with Mladenovic in the last round other than being broken 3 times in 2 sets.

Some value on Mertens and I think she can take a set. Her more recent results are better. She reached the quarter finals last week and Semi final in San Jose.

I favour Kvitova to come out on top. Lay Kvitova if she breaks first. Back Kvitova above 1.85.

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