Belinda Bencic vs Alison Riske Tennis Prediction
Former #7 Belinda Bencic registered her 13th top 10 victory as she edged past sixth seed Caroline Garcia, 7-6 6-3 in 93 minutes. The Swiss, who won 79% on her first serve (39/49), kept her game clean throughout the match, committing 15 unforced errors and compensating it with 17 winners.
Bencic’s best result at Wimbledon was a round of 16 run in 2015 (l. Azarenka), a week after she had won her first career title at Eastbourne (d. Radwanska and Wozniacki en route). The 21-year-old, who is a former US Open quarterfinalist, had to skip three slams last year, including Wimbledon, after undergoing left wrist surgery.
Alison Riske drops just two games as she cruises past lucky loser Mariana Duque-Marino to move into the second round, winning 6-1 6-1 in 57 minutes. The Colombian could only hold her serve once in the match as she committed twice as many unforced errors as the American (22 to 11).
Riske has a 3-0 record in Wimbledon second round matches, each time failing to advance further (2013-14 and 2017). The former #36 came into this fortnight with an 11-2 grass season, including a title win at $100k Surbiton (d. Perrin), and quarterfinals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. Vandeweghe) and Mallorca (l. Stosur).
The pair split the past meetings at one win to each, with Riske winning at 2014 Tianjin final (6-3 6-4) and Bencic returning the favor at 2016 Australian Open first round (6-4 6-3). This match with be a big challenge for the Swiss, who has not won back-to-back matches this entire season.
Tennis Prediction: Alison Riske