World number 10 Kiki Bertens will face the 15-year-old Andorra’s Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Thursday, April 29. Get the live streaming options of this Kiki Bertens v Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kiki Bertens v Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Bertens and Jiménez Kasintseva before this.
Bertens Resumes Win Quest on Clay
An injury issue late last season meant Bertens was laid low and only returned back to tennis earlier this year in Doha. Unfortunately for Bertens, she is still to get fully going and in the three matches she has played this season – in Doha, Dubai and Miami – she has lost all three.
Making matters worse is the fact Bertens looked a pale shadow of her old self in these matches. It’s understandable to an extent given she was returning from her injury but to have won a mere 10 games across those three encounters speaks of graver issues.
Bertens now moves to clay where she has won half a dozen WTA titles including one at the Madrid Open of 2019 – yep, she is the defending champion – but can this change in scenario make things easier on her?
She will be up against a 15-year-old making her WTA debut and in many ways, given she hasn’t won a match this season, it could well be Bertens who would be feeling nervous.
Jiménez Kasintseva Makes WTA Debut
The 15-year-old Andorran Jiménez Kasintseva will be in her first ever main draw match of her career having come into this tournament on the back of having played and excelled on the ITF circuit and juniors tennis.
Having played in the juniors singles competition of the 2020 Australian Open, Jiménez Kasintseva went on to win the title as a 14-year-old – the youngest player in the draw that year.
What’s interesting to note is most of Jiménez Kasintseva’s tennis, even on the ITF circuit, has come at the juniors level and the Andorran has a stellar record at that level. She has made it to nine junior ITF competition finals and won eight of them including the aforementioned Australian Open.
At the senior circuit, Jiménez Kasintseva had a couple of semifinal appearances in ITF competition but now comes the big one; a main draw match on the WTA circuit. Can she make a solid plunge?
Bertens v Kasintseva Prediction and Tip
While Bertens is a strong favourite despite her poor record, Jiménez Kasintseva’s talent could come to the fore here and we might see a fighting show from the 15-year-old left-hander.
Tip: Games Handicap Jiménez Kasintseva +7.5: 4/6 (bet365)