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Mertens arrived in Melbourne to defend his last year’s semi-finals. Will the Belgian to start the tournament on a positive note? – read our forecast.
Last year, Mertens raced in the tournament advance, and to stop it was only Caroline Wozniacki. Now, in order not to lose their positions in the WTA ranking Belgian should at least repeat last year’s success.
This year Eliza started not the best way. In Brisbane it’s in the first round defeated Kiki, Bertens. In Sydney Mertens made a little better and even took a Czech Sinyakov (7-6, 2-6, 6-2) and the Estonian Kontaveit (6-3, 6-1). But in the quarterfinals Ashleigh Barty made her “put a racket” (3-6, 3-6).
Anna Carolina Smidova
Smidova can not boast of good results last year. Because of this, she now holds the 59th place in the world ranking.
Not the best plays Dominika Cibulkova on hard and prefers the ground. However, this year she has already participated in the final of the tournament in Hobart. During the tournament Smidova showed good game and was able to go Home, van Atbank, Bencic and Run. But in the end she was unexpectedly defeated Sofia Kenin (3-6, 0-6).
Statistics and personal meetings
- Between them these players have never played.
- In my entire career, Mertens has won 145 out of 207 fights on hard. Smidova won 94 of the victory in 165 matches.
Smidova inferior level of play Mertens. Yes, she played at the tournament in Hobart, but her crushing defeat by the Kenin once again confirms the fact that Dominika is not able to play consistently. In this respect, the Belgian looks preferable. We believe that ELISA will not proceed with the victory and beat the opponent easily enough.
The coefficients of BC 1xBet
- 1.20Elise Mertens
- 4.56Anna Carolina Smidova
- F1 (-5)