Kiki Bertens is one of three players hoping to clinch the last remaining spot at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen later this month. The second seed will face power-hitting Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Thursday, October 17. The match is scheduled to start at 11 am local time (9 am BST). You can find Kiki Bertens v Kaia Kanepi live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Kiki Bertens v Kaia Kanepi Head to Head
Kanepi leads 1-0 after winning the pairs’ only meeting to date (Seoul 2012).
Bertens Needs To Keep Shenzhen Hopes Alive With Win
Kiki Bertens is one of three women (along with Belinda Bencic and Serena Williams) still with a chance of qualifying for the WTA season-ending championships in Shenzhen.
Bertens will be looking to build-on her two most recent tournaments this autumn, having reached the semifinals in Beijing and the quarterfinals at the Linz Open. With Williams almost certain of pulling out from any participation of the remaining events on the calendar, that leaves the Dutchwoman in a straight shootout with Bencic this week.
The second seed currently leads the Swiss player by 165 points and she will guarantee qualification unless Bencic were to reach the final.
Bertens has had a solid season in which she won two titles including the Premier Mandatory event in Madrid, making her a prime candidate to win the French Open. But things didn’t pan out as planned as an injury forced her to pull retire from her second round match at the clay slam. But she will need one last hurrah at the Kremlin Cup.
Big Hitting Kanepi Presents An Unwanted Challenge
Kaia Kanepi already boasts one win over Bertens and could extinguish her hopes of qualifying for Shenzhen. The Estonian hasn’t been a regular on the main tour largely due to her lower ranking (currently outside the Top 100), and she had to earn her spot after coming through three qualifiers.
Kanepi is a six-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, but injuries and inconsistency have been the hallmark of her career, and so have big wins too. She has been ranked as high as World No.12, but she has struggled to string wins on the WTA tour in 2019.
Her best result of the year still remains her fourth round showing at the French Open, but a win over Bertens could spark much-needed confidence for the remainder of the week.
Kiki Bertens v Kaia Kanepi Predictions & Tips
At 34, Kanepi is very much a veteran on tour. Wins have been hard to come by and despite stringing three match-wins in the qualifiers, Bertens will a significant level to any opponent she has faced in the last couple of days. The Dutchwoman is eyeing a spot in Shenzhen and she should power past the Estonian.
Tip: Bertens to win in three sets: 11/4 3/1 with 888Sport