Dutch No. 1 Kiki Bertens will meet the Spaniard Paula Badosa in the first round of the 2019 US Open on Tuesday afternoon. The match will take place on August 27 and will start after 12:00 pm local time (5:00 pm BST). Get Kiki Bertens v Paula Badosa live streaming options with the preview here.
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Kiki Bertens v Paula Badosa Head to Head
The two ladies met as recently as the WTA Palermo in July, where Bertens defeated the Spaniard in the semifinal in straight sets.
Bertens, a Favourite in Flushing Meadows
Kiki Bertens has had a kind of season that only a very few players on the tour can achieve. With a win-loss tally of 41-17, she has reached singles final on every surface. More impressively, the Dutchwoman won the St. Petersburg Open and Madrid Open, and later was a runner-up in ‘S-Hertogenbosch and Palermo.
Between registering these impressive results, Bertens also did an exceptional job of reaching the penultimate rounds on more than one occasion. This kind of consistency on the circuit has made her a force to be reckoned with.
However, if we were to inspect the recent run of the 26-year-old, we’d observe that she appears to have slightly fallen off the track. In the preparations for the US Open, she featured in Toronto and Cincinnati, losing quite early to Bianca Andreescu and Venus Williams respectively.
Badosa, a Rising Star in the Making
The 21-year-old Spaniard has been working hard this season to build her form and momentum. Playing in a mix of ITF and WTA events, Badosa has got herself a strike rate of 41-25, which isn’t all that bad when compared to Bertens’ on the whole.
She has made it to three ITF finals so far, along with reaching the semifinal in Palermo and the second round in the Libema Open. In terms of big wins, she has sauntered past a few players like Laura Siegemund and Mandy Minella.
Badosa started as a qualifier in the US Open but lost in the qualifying stages. However, by the virtue of the lucky loser, she got herself a ticket into the main draw.
Bertens v Badosa Predictions & Tips
By all means, Bertens should win this match in straight sets. Even though Badosa is a talented player, she is years behind the Dutch lady in terms of experience, skills, and form. Expect no surprises here.
Tip: Over 18.5 games in the match: 5/6 (888Sport)