Mertens vs. Hsieh
Elise Mertens improved her winning streak to 10-matches after an impressive straight sets victory against Sara Errani. The 22-year-old dropped only four games to secure her second win over the Italian in 2018. Despite Errani’s undeniable quality, the former world No.5 couldn’t find the answer to Elise’s firepower with 11 winners against 33 from the Belgian. In addition, Mertens won 59.15% of the points played on Sara’s serve.
Su-Wei Hsieh continues to impress in Rabat. Known as one of the best doubles players in the game, the former world No.23 is now just one win away from reaching her first WTA final in almost five years. Looking now at Hsieh’s campaign on this event, the 32-year-old reaches this stage of the competition after an outstanding 6 – 1 6 – 1 win over Katarina Zavatska. Nevertheless, clay is clearly Su’s worst surface with the No.8 seed winning only 51.65% of the matches played throughout her career on red dirt.
The bookmakers expect a straightforward win from Mertens with the Belgian as the heavy favourite at 1/5 at William Hill. On the other hand, Hsieh is available at 81/20 at 5Dimes. Despite Hsieh’s brilliant campaign on this event, it’s impossible to go against Elise at the moment. Moreover, the slow court conditions in Rabat should benefit Mertens on this match-up. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on the Belgian’s -1.5 Set Handicap at 17/25 at green listed bookmaker Pinnacle as the most valuable play for this match.
Best Play: Elise Mertens -1.5 Set Handicap at 17/25 at Pinnacle