WTA match wins leader Kiki Bertens will look to end Bianca Andreescu’s triumphant return on her home soil. The Canadian is still shaking off some of the rust accumulated during her two-month injury absence, but her unrelenting desire to win has propelled her to the finish line in her first two rounds.
We can only hope Andreescu’s heavily taped body will hold up. Either way, the deck is stacked against the rising 19-year-old star, who has expended nearly six hours on court this week following three-set wins over Eugenie Bouchard and Daria Kasatkina. On the contrary, the fifth-seeded Bertens has played just over an hour after enjoying a bye into the second round, where she defeated qualifier Francesca di Lorenzo.
Bertens leads the WTA with 41 match wins this season, while Andreescu is 34-4 across all levels in 2019. (Getty Images)
The two have never played before, but Andreescu’s multi-faceted game matches up well with anyone. The Indian Wells champion can rip laser beam groundstrokes back and forth, or she can throw in her patented junk balls to disrupt Bertens’ rhythm.
Bertens has the advantage on serve, and will look to hold quickly to put extended pressure on Andreescu’s service games. Given Andreescu’s probable fatigue, having not played a tournament since the French Open, she will need all the local crowd support she can get in order to topple the world No. 5 in the midst of her career-best season.