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The Cincinnati Open roars to life with an intriguing clash between Madison Keys and Elise Mertens in the first round. Keys, known for her powerful groundstrokes, will face the tactical prowess of Mertens on the fast-paced courts. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Madison Keys vs Elise Mertens – match predictions
2-0 to Madison Keys
Elise Mertens has lost her last two matches. Both were straight-set defeats. She has come up against Maison Keys thrice and has been on the losing side at each time of asking Moreover, Keys claimed 2-0 wins in these duels. As Keys’ aggressive style meets Mertens’ versatility in this contest which promises to be a chess match of strategy and execution, we do not see the latter triumphing. It will be another checkmark for the American’s win column in straight sets.
Under 21.5 games
In the three times they have come across each other, only once have they played 22 games. Mertens’ last two matches saw 21 and 18 matches, as she suffered first-round exits from Citi and Canadian Open. As we predict a similar conclusion to her adventures in Cincinnati, we expect a swift ousting at Keys’ hands and the match to finish with Under 21.5 Games.
Madison Keys vs Elise Mertens preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Cincinnati Open.
It has been an impressive couple of months for Keys, who is looking to establish herself as a top 20 WTA star. The American reached the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships but could not get past Aryna Sabalenka. In the Citi Open, she reached the quarter-finals again. After her victory over Venus Williams in Toronta, she pulled out of the Canadian Open and is fighting against time to be ready for adventures in Cincinnati.
Since her second-round ousting from Wimbledon Championships, Mertens registered impressive wins in the Hopman Cup. Since then, it has been successive defeats for Mertens in Washington and Montreal. Both times, she succumbed at the hands of Daria Kasatkina, who gave dominant displays to triumph in straight sets. With a change in opponent, Mertens will hope to get a better result against Keys.
Madison Keys vs Elise Mertens head to head
Duels between Keys and Mertens have gone in one direction, in favour of the American star. Interestingly, they have come across each other in three different grand slams at different times of the year and the result has always seen Keys triumph.
Madison Keys vs Elise Mertens match details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 15:00 GMT on 14 August.
- What is the prize money for WTA Cincinnati Open 2023? The total prize money for Cincinnati Open 2023 is $2,788,468.
- Where is the match being played? The venue for this fixture is Lindner Family Tennis Center.
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