The third round of the 2019 Madrid Open will feature the Dutch No. 1 Kiki Bertens going head to head with the Latvian Anastasija Sevastova. The two will face off on Wednesday, May 8, and the timings will be announced soon. Get Kiki Bertens v Anastasija Sevastova live streaming options here.
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Kiki Bertens v Anastasija Sevastova Head to Head
The head to head tally between the two players is currently tied at 1-1. Coincidentally, both of those matches took place right here in Madrid itself, in the 2017 and 2018 editions. Bertens got the last laugh and as we know, she eventually moved on to reach the final.
Bertens Coming in With a Strong Performance
Kiki Bertens, who is considered to be a clay specialist on the WTA Tour, has certainly lived up to her reputation in Madrid. Starting with Katerina Siniakova in the opening round, she moved on to deliver a couple of straight-set wins to reach the third round.
She defeated the Czech 6-3, 6-2, and later, moved past Jelena Ostapenko with 6-4, 6-3. Bertens, who is currently World No. 7, has had a pretty brilliant year so far. She won the St. Petersburg Open and later reached the semifinal in Stuttgart Open. It is worth mentioning that in Stuttgart, she defeated Belinda Bencic and Angelique Kerber.
What makes her far more interesting is her preference for the clay turf. Five of her eight singles titles have come on this surface and she is certainly a threat in Madrid.
Sevastova Slowly Finding her Rhythm
The season so far has been certainly shaky for Anastasija Sevastova. Even though she is in the top 15, she hasn’t had a defining run as of yet. She reached the quarterfinal in Brisbane and Stuttgart, and that was about it.
The 2018 China Open runner-up also reached the fourth round in Melbourne, but once again, didn’t really make a mark. Her last singles title was the Bucharest Open, which she won in the previous season after defeating Petra Martic. Since then, she has spent most of her time attempting to move past the initial rounds.
In Madrid, she defeated the likes of Kirsten Flipkens and Mihaela Buarnescu to set up the Bertens clash. She has looked pretty clinical throughout her run although, her real test lies ahead.
Bertens v Sevastova Predictions & Tips
Bertens is going to start this match as the odds-on favourite to win. She has the momentum in her favour and should dispatch the Latvian with ease here.
Tip: Under 20.5 games in the match: 10/11 (888Sport)