Niculescu had only one final act in 2017 in Hobart (AUS) and many bad results. But we’re just talking about the simple career, because at double, Monica did some amazing tournaments including a Grand Slam final.
He started the season with a defeat at Shenzhen (CHI), 4-6, 4-6 with Sabalenka (BLR). For the 85th place WTA, the Romanian was forced to play in Hobart, where he passed Bai (AUS), score 6-2, 6-0, and Kudryatseva (RUS), score 6-0, 6-4. As the Hobart area perfectly suits Monicai, she made a successful game in the inaugural round with another Romanian, Begu, dominating her back and winning 6-3, 6-2. On the same thread went to “eights” with Lepchenko (USA), score 6-4, 6-2. Monica has limited her last two opponents to a maximum of 50% points won on the first service.
Mertens is a new name proposed by Belgian tennis in the past year. He is 22 years old, ranked 36th in the WTA, and has two titles in 2017 in Hobart (AUS) and New Haven (USA). Undoubtedly, we are talking about the best season in Elisha’s career.
Especially in Istanbul (TUR), plus semifinals at Bastad (SWE) and Luxembourg, which ended the season. He participated in the Hopman Cup at the beginning of the season, but even if Mertens won 2 of the singles games, Belgium missed the qualification in the finals. In the two games from Hobart, 6-0, 6-4 with Nara (JPN) and 6-4, 6-4 with Haddad Maia (BRA), I saw an Elise decided not to make any presents to the opponents. Belgianca kept its opponents at a very low percentage at points earned with the second service (18% Nara and 30% Haddad Maia).
I liked both the Hobart tennis games, so I have a very hard job. First of all, it would be the H2H score, which is 2-0 in favor of the belgience, both disputes coming in 2017 and being very short. Including the Hobart final, maybe the most important information. As both Niculescu and Mertens were very aggressive on the way back, I tend to think we will see many breaks. But if Monica has that passive aggressiveness with a long, tall or cut ball, Elise comes over you in the field on the second. Niculescu put his first job on the field very often, so here he would get out, but we have to bring up the mind. Monica was not found in the previous season, and in front of an adversary he has not yet deciphered, he might be captivating. I would not want to take this prognosis, but we have to make a profit.
Prediction Today: Mertens wins