Belgium’s Elise Mertens will face Estonia’s 22nd seed Anett Kontaveit in the third round of the 2021 Miami Open on Sunday, March 28. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Elise Mertens v Anett Kontaveit match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elise Mertens v Anett Kontaveit Head to Head
Mertens leads the series 2-1, winning each of the last two meetings in straight sets (Sydney in 2019, and the WTA Elite trophy in 2018). Kontaveit’s solitary win came in their first match in the quarterfinals in Biel in 2017.
Mertens Ends Boulter’s Charge
Elise Mertens was at her effervescent best in the second round of the Miami Open. The 16th seed received a bye in the opening round, and she took time to adapt on the sleek turquoise courts at the Hard Rock Stadium.
The Belgian trailed big hitting Katie Boulter 0-3 in the opening set of their second round encounter, and the Brit came within a point to take an unassailable 4-0 lead. But once Mertens managed to eke out a service game on the board, Boulter could not maintain her high-flying start.
Mertens sucked the life out of the match, winning 12 of the last 14 games, winning 80% of first serve points and breaking serve in five out of seven opportunities.
With that win, Mertens’ record for the season stands at 12-2, with the only stains coming at the Australian Open (lost to Muchova) and the Dubai Championships semifinals (lost to eventual winner Muguruza).
It all seems hushed up when we talk of Elise Mertens at these prestigious WTA events. With one title in the bag this term, the Belgian is a genuine threat to any of the top players this fortnight.
Kontaveit Edges Out Cirstea
Anett Kontaveit kept her 100% winning record over Sorana Cirstea intact with a three-set victory in the second round on Friday evening.
Since their first meeting at the Poitiers ITF event in 2016, the Estonian has had Cirstea’s number in each match up. Friday’s match was their fourth in the series, and while the Romanian managed to win her first set in their head-to-head, ultimately, succumbed to Kontaveit’s brute firepower.
She fashioned 12 break chances, converting six and kept her discipline intact at the most critical moments in the match against a dangerous floater. Overall, she landed 66% of first serves (winning 75%), but she will need to do a lot better on her second delivery which fell short off the 50% mark.
There is a strange stat making rounds: Kontaveit has won seven straight main draw matches while playing an older opponent in the United States. And talking of symmetrical instances, Mertens is only seven days older than the Estonian. Can she restore parity in their head-to-head when they face off in the third round on Sunday?
Mertens v Kontaveit Prediction and Tip
There is a contrast in styles between these two players. While Kontaveit is a hit-and-miss occasionally, she tends to be unstoppable when her game is firing. Mertens could have a lot to do in this one, and we are going with games market.
Tip: Over 21.5 games: 5/6 (bet365)