Tomorrow at 16:30, we have the match from first round of Doha tournament between Elise Mertens – Timea Babos. Is it possible for Elise Mertens to continue her good form?
Elise Mertens is a young Belgian player and most of the Belgians are hoping for her. At this point, she occupies the 20th WTA position. Last year she won Hobart tournament without losing any set and this shows she feels very well on the Australian surface. This year Mertens won again the Hobart tournament after winning with Nara, Habbad Maia, Monica Niculescu, Watson and Buzarnescu. She also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, winning with Gavrilova, Cornet and Svitolina. These are very good performances for a young 22-year-old. Mertens has a very good moral after these performances and I think she will not have big problems with Timea Babos.
Timea Babos is 35th in the WTA rankings. She is a very good double player and the position in that ranking is 5 WTA. Babos hits the ball with his right hand. The favorite area is hard indoor. She have good performance in this year 2018: Shenzen Quarter Final, 2nd Round at the Australian Open. Also, she won last week the Taipei tournament with just one set lost throughout the tournament against Jakupovic. In 4 of the 5 matches of the Taipei tournament, Timea Babos crushed their opponents in 2 sets losing only few games.
Mertens and Babos have played 2 times and the score after both matches is 1-1.
In conclusion, I will bet on Mertens because this year she won very important matches and I think she has a very good moral. The difference between hard and hard indoor is pretty big and I think the Doha surface it will help Mertens. My predictions for Elise Mertens – Timea Babos is below.
Predictions: Elise Mertens to win, odds 1.50
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