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This year the Hopman Cup is in the beautiful seaside Nice in France and Elise Mertens and Donna Vekic will face for the first time in their careers.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Elise Mertens vs Donna Vekic – Match Predictions
Both players are in the top 30 in the world, and it seems like they have the talent to get close to the top 10 players on the tour.
Donna Vekic to win
Donna Vekic is having the best season in her career and she will have another chance to prove that on Thursday afternoon. The Australian will go against another rising star of the ladies tennis and details will make the difference in this match. Mertens was questionable for Wimbledon as he had a minor injury and even though she played in London, it was obvious that the Belgian was not on her recognizable level. Unlike her, Vekic is on top of her game and will be the one to prevail in this match.
Over 19.5 games
Both Mertens and Vekic are very solid on their serve and the given margin is quite low for a match like this. It will be definitely a tough match with both players seeing a chance to win. Even if there are many breaks of serve which can be common for clay court matches, none of them will be dominate and this will go way over 19.5 games in total.
Elise Mertens vs Donna Vekic Preview
Vekic played very solid in the last couple of months but unfortunately at Wimbledon she ran into Marketa Vondrousova in the third round. Now the Australian is a slight favorite in the Hopman Cup.
Mertens is currently 30th in the WTA rankings and her career high is No. 12. The 27-year-old is 19-14 for the season and 5-4 on clay.
At Wimbledon, she was eliminated in the second round by Elina Svitolina who won 6-1, 1-6, 6-1. In the opening round, Mertens defeated Viktoria Hruncakova 7-6, 6-2.
Mertens’ best result this season was the semifinals in Monterrey where she lost to Caroline Garcia.
Vekic is currently 22nd in the WTA rankings, three spots lower than her career high. The Australian is 28-11 for the season and 4-4 on clay.
At Wimbledon, Vekic reached the third round where she lost to the future champion Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 7-5. In the first two rounds, she defeated Sloane Stephens and Shuai Zhang.
In the week before Wimbledon, Vekic reached the final in Berlin where she lost to Petra Kvitova.
Her best result this year was the title in Monterrey where she defeated Caroline Garcia in the final.
Elise Mertens vs Donna Vekic Head to Head
This will be the first match between Elise Mertens and Donna Vekic.
Elise Mertens vs Donna Vekic Match Details
- When will the match between Mertens vs Vekic be played? The match is scheduled for July 20.
- On which surface this match will be played? This match will be played on clay.
- Where will be the 2023 Hopman Cup take place? The 2023 Hopman Cup will take place in Nice, France.
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