Rome Masters Day 3: Bertens too Strong for Anisimova to Handle

João Mourato

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:33 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 14, 2019 8:33 PM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with Kiki Bertens looking to extend her run of form after her victory in Madrid.

<div><h2>Amanda Anisimova (LL) vs Kiki Bertens (6)</h2><p><strong>Wednesday, May 15, Rome</strong></p><p>Fresh off winning the biggest title of her career at the Mutua Madrid Open, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Kiki Bertens: Tennis Player Profile">Kiki Bertens</a> hopes to extend her run of form in Rome. The 27-year-old defeated four Grand Slam champions – Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep – to become the first woman to lift the trophy in Madrid without dropping a set all tournament. Bertens is a former semi-finalist at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and is looking for another successful campaign on this event where she is one of the main contenders to win the title.</p><p>Looking now at Kiki’s draw on this event, the world No.4 will face Amanda Anisimova in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The American teenager lost in the final round of the qualifying against Kristina Mladenovic but got a second chance in Rome after Donna Vekic’s withdrawal due to a hip injury. Anisimova made the most of her ‘lucky loser’ status with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Italian wild card Elisabetta Cocciaretto in just 69 minutes. The 17-year-old broke serve seven times but only won 56.41% of her first-serve points.</p><p>The bookmakers are expecting a straightforward win from Bertens with the Dutch as the heavy favourite to reach the third round <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 &amp; Start Playing Today!">at 1/5 (1.20) with Bet365</a>. Kiki is one of the best clay-court players on the WTA Tour and has an incredible 96.67% winning record throughout her career when priced below 1/5 (1.20) on red dirt. On the other hand, Anisimova lacks experience on this surface and has never faced a Top 50 player on clay. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Kiki’s -1.5 Set Handicap <a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">at 71/100 (1.71) with Pinnacle</a> to your <a href="" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Tips">betting tips</a> in a match where the Dutch should be too strong for the young American.</p></div>
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