World No. 6 Bianca Andreescu will meet the Belgian Elise Mertens in the second round of the 2019 China Open on Wednesday, October 2. The match is scheduled for a 2:30 pm start local time (7:30 am BST) and here, you will find the Bianca Andreescu v Elise Mertens live streaming options with the preview, head to head statistics, and tips.
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Bianca Andreescu v Elise Mertens Head to Head
The two ladies have met only once on the tour, in the US Open a few weeks back. Andreescu won that match in three sets and took a 1-0 lead over Mertens.
Andreescu Starts on a Shaky Note
Fresh off her title run in the US Open, where she defeated some big names like Caroline Wozniacki, Belinda Bencic, and Serena Williams, Andreescu is now in China to start her Asian swing. The young Canadian is looking to retain this terrific momentum on the back of which she propelled from early 100s to World No. 6 in the rankings.
With a win-loss tally of 45-4 and three singles titles, including the Rogers Cup and Indian Wells Open, Andreescu has been in a sensational form, to say the least. In her wake, she has left a blazing trail of impressive wins over several top 10 players like Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina, Garbine Muguruza, among others.
What will be interesting to observe here is whether she can continue to play in the same vein. It’s remarkable to see her hold on to this level of consistency, despite taking a break off the tour due to injuries. Clearly, fatigue doesn’t seem to be major concern here for the Canadian here. However, in the opening match, she did face some resistance against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, whom she had to fight for three sets.
Mertens, with a Commanding Win
The 23-year-old Belgian has delivered one of the most impressive victories of her career by knocking out the Croat ace Petra Martic in the opener of China Open. Mertens sailed to a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win to continue her decent performance in Asia.
Over the last few weeks, she has also reached the semifinal in the WTA Osaka and second round in Wuhan. Currently ranked World No. 3 on the doubles circuit, she won the US Open doubles title with Aryna Sabalenka and will be hoping to replicate a similar form here. Even though Mertens hasn’t been among the most consistent players on the tour this season, she has had her moments where she toppled a few top players like Kiki Bertens, Angelique Kerber, and Simona Halep.
Mertens v Andreescu Tips & Predictions
Expect three sets in this one. Andreescu, by the looks of her opener in Beijing, may be a bit rusty and Mertens is looking rather menacing at the moment. This can very well go either way.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match 23/25 at 888Sport