Defending champion and Dutch No. 1 Kiki Bertens will face the American superstar Venus Williams in the second round of the 2019 WTA Cincinnati on Tuesday, August 13. The match will start after 1:00 pm local time (6:00 pm BST) and here, you will find the latest Kiki Bertens v Venus Williams live streaming options with the preview.
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Kiki Bertens v Venus Williams Head to Head
The head to head tally is currently tied at 1-1, with the last win going in the favour of Bertens. That match took place in the 2018 Wimbledon, where Venus was handed a defeat in three gruelling sets.
Bertens, Looking for Some Momentum
The season so far has been nothing short of sensation for the World No. 5, as she continues to reach new heights. With two titles and two runner-up trophies across the three surfaces, Bertens has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with.
Most recently, she was a finalist in the Palermo Open where she lost to Jill Teichmann. Nonetheless, her impeccable consistency throughout the season and a win-loss tally of 41-16 has kept her comfortably afloat in the top 10. The 27-year-old Dutch has also defeated many top 10 players this year like Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, and Simona Halep.
In the Western & Southern Open, she has enjoyed a bye into the second round and will be keen on putting up a good run. With the US Open right around the corner, Bertens will hope to avoid another early defeat like the one she incurred against Andreescu last week in Toronto.
Venus Looking a Bit Weary
A formidable player at one point in time, the 38-year-old Venus is nowhere close to the form she once possessed. Case in point: she has lost her last three first-round matches, including the ones in the Wimbledon and Rogers Cup.
With just 14 wins and zero titles, the highlight of her season was her run in the Indian Wells Open, where she made it to the quarterfinal. Needless to mention, Williams is losing her form by the day and it is hard to imagine her getting a breakthrough here in Cincinnati. Her continued struggles with form have put her out of the scene, as she is currently World No. 65.
Williams v Bertens Predictions & Tips
Kiki Bertens should be able to win this match in three sets. She has the skills and the momentum needed to take on someone as experienced albeit, out of form, as Venus.
Tip: Over 16.5 games in the match. (888Sport)