Libema Open 2022 Preview and Best Bets

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Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck during a women's singles at Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament. Christophe Archambault / AFP

The rain put a damper on the schedule yesterday, but we can still look forward to some of the scheduled matches for some more tennis breakdowns.  

Here’s to hoping the rain subsides so we can cash some more tennis tickets. Regardless of when these matches are played, let’s break down the WTA odds and find another winning tennis pick

Alison Van Uytvanck vs. Elise Mertens

Thursday, June 09, 2022 – 04:00 AM EDT at Center Court

Alison Van Uytvanck Player Profile 

The quicker the surface, the better Alison Van Uytvanck plays. Van Uytvanck is excellent at playing on indoor hard courts as well as on grass. Van Uytvanck showed her grass-court prowess by winning the Surbiton Challenger last week

Alison Van Uytvanck is 28 years old and ranked 46th in the world. For the 2022 season, Van Uytvanck has a hold percentage of 71.3% and a break percentage of 32.7%. On grass, in her career, Van Uytvanck has a hold percentage of 67.8% and a break percentage of 34.6%. Her record on grass for her career is 15-21

She only lost one set en route to the title in Surbiton. She continued her winning ways in the first round here at Hertogenbosch with a victory over Tamara Korpatsch.

Van Uytvanck won in a routine fashion, 6-4, 7-5. Alison Van Uytvanck won 54% of second-serve points and saved seven of nine break points. Overall it was another strong performance for the Belgian player who is at her best on quick surfaces. 

Alison Van Uytvanck has won 5 singles titles over the course of her career. Van Uytvanck’s best result at a Grand Slam was reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2015. Her best result at the grass Grand Slam, Wimbledon, was reaching the 4th round in 2018. 

Elise Mertens Player Profile 

Like her opponent today, Elise Mertens is also from Belgium. The 26-year-old is ranked 29th in the world. Mertens has been the epitome of consistency in the last couple of years. Mertens consistently beats players that she should, but struggles against players that are ranked higher than her. Mertens has worked hard on her game and the results have shown. 

Elise Mertens opened her tournament here at Hertogenbosch with a win over Storm Sanders. Mertens started slow, but after she found her groove, she was able to win in a decisive fashion with a scoreline of 6-7, 6-1, 6-2.

Mertens landed 62% of her first serves against Sanders, but she will need to be a little more accurate today against a player who excels on the grass. 

Elise Mertens has won 6 singles titles over the course of her career. Mertens’s best result at a Grand Slam was reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2018. Her best result at the grass Grand Slam, Wimbledon, was reaching the 4th round in 2019. 

For the 2022 season, Elise Mertens has a hold percentage of 67.7% and a break percentage of 38.1%. On grass, in her career, Mertens has a hold percentage of 70.3% and a break percentage of 41%. Her record on grass for her career is 18-18. 

Van Uytvanck vs. Mertens Matchup

Let's take a look at how these two players' skills match up: 

  • Alison Van Uytvanck has the more powerful serve, but Elise Mertens is skilled enough to win as many service points without racking up aces. 
  • Elise Mertens has much better groundstrokes, yet the grass will not give her as much of an opportunity to employ her defensive acumen. 
  • Elise Mertens has much better court coverage and movement. Mertens can track down and return many balls that Alison Van Uytvanck will not be able to keep in play. 
  • Alison Van Uytvanck is much better at the net, which will be key in today's match. While Mertens is an exceptional volleyer in her own right, Van Uytvanck is one of the best at the net. Van Uytvanck has the advantage in offensive play. 

Van Uytvanck vs. Mertens Best Bet 

On these quicker surfaces, Alison Van Uytvanck is much better. Van Uytvanck will be able to take advantage of the quick surface to use her offensive repertoire. The quick surface will help offset Van Uytvanck’s big disadvantage in court coverage and defense. 

In situations such as these, it is smart to take the player who is the most adept at the surface. Van Uytvanck is a true indoor and grass-court specialist.  

We will take advantage of that against the well-rounded Elise Mertens. Our bet for today’s Libema Open is Alison Van Uytvanck ML available at BMR's top-rated sportsbooks.

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