Belgian ace Elise Mertens will meet Camila Giorgi of Italy in the quarterfinal of the 2019 WTA Pan Pacific Open in Osaka on Friday, September 20. The match is scheduled to start after 6:00 pm local time (10:00 am BST) and here, you will find the Camila Giorgi v Elise Mertens live streaming options with the preview.
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Camila Giorgi v Elise Mertens Head to Head
This is the first meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour.
Giorgi, in a Superb Form
Over the course of the last few weeks, the 27-year-old Italian has been in a brilliant form. After having a rather dull season where she spent a few months off the tour, Giorgi has made an impressive comeback.
Barring her US Open result where she lost in the opener to Maria Sakkari, she reached the final in the Bronx Open and the Washington Open. These two finals in quick succession have definitely given her a confidence boost and now, she looks to better these records.
With a win-loss tally of 11-13, she arrived in Japan to kick start her Asian swing. Starting in a very tricky bracket, she first dispatched Xinyun Han to meet Sloane Stephens in the second round. Against all odds, she dispatched the American 6-0, 6-3, in a stunning display of confidence and skill. That was also one of the best results of her career.
Mertens, Seeking to Replicate her Doubles Form
Elise Mertens arrived in Japan following a superb, breathtaking time in the US Open. Not only did she reach the quarterfinal at the Flushing Meadows in the singles half, but she also went all the way to win the women’s doubles title with Aryna Sabalenka.
So far in Osaka, the Belgian has done a fantastic job of retaining that momentum. In the first round, she moved past Whitney Osuigwe in straight sets. In the second, she faced some resistance against Su-Wei Hsieh – a tough, experienced Taiwanese player. However, with some grit and quality tennis, she breezed through with 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.
Earlier this season, Mertens was also the winner of the Qatar Open, where she defeated Simona Halep in the final. With that, she has also got a few other top 10 players under her belt like Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber.
Mertens v Giorgi Tips & Predictions
This is one of the most intriguing matches in the tournament. While Mertens, on one hand, is sailing high on confidence, Giorgi, on the other, has just delivered an incredible upset in the form of Sloane Stephens. Even their recent form is more or less on a level where they can be considered on equal footing. Expect three sets in this one with Mertens starting as the odds-on favourite.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 10/13 (888Sport)