Elise Mertens of Belgium, seeded six, will take on Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the second round of the WTA Charleston Open on Wednesday, April 3. The match is scheduled for 2 pm local time (6 pm BST) and you can find the Elise Mertens v Kaia Kanepi live streaming options here.
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Elise Mertens v Kaia Kanepi Head to Head
The pair has never played each other before this encounter at Charleston.
Mertens Buoyant after Sunshine Double (but in Doubles!)
The number six seed comes into this tournament, having won both the Indian Wells and Miami Masters doubles titles – the so-called Sunshine Double – with her partner Aryna Sabalenka. However, how much of that is going to help her in her opening round singles match, remains to be seen.
Although she failed to make significant progress in the singles events in either tournament, she does have five WTA titles under her belt, including three which she claimed as recently as last year. She knows that form is there, and that it just needs to be rediscovered.
One of the tallest players on the WTA Tour, she should be able to use that height to her advantage to extract bounce and to move her opponent around the court.
Veteran Kanepi Slipping Down the Rankings
Kanepi, at 33, is getting towards the veteran stage, and has now slipped out of the world’s top 100 after a poor start to 2019, which saw her best result come in Indian Wells where she reached the second round.
She did though have a good win in the first round here in Charleston, beating Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets. She returned particularly well, winning nearly half the points she faced and securing four break points, which she also did well on service, winning nearly 75% of all her service games.
She will need to find a similar level of performance against Mertens, who as recently as last November, was ranked 12th in the world.
Mertens v Kanepi Predictions & Tips
Mertens will start odds-on favourite for this match at 5/7, whilst Kanepi is priced at 13/10. The Belgian will come into this match full of confidence after her success in the doubles events in Indian Wells and Miami, and, if she can rediscover her singles form, she should have too much for her Estonian opponent who has been out of form herself.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/5 (William Hill)
You can watch & bet on Elise Mertens v Kaia Kanepi on Wednesday, April 3 here . The match is scheduled for 6 pm BST (2 pm local time)