A new game, a new victory at Hobart for Monica Niculescu, which once again proved to be one of the tours where she feels excellent every time. The stage of the quarterfinals brings a strong opponent, a “nightmare” of romance, the Belgian Elise Mertens. An intense duel, with spectacular blows, is announced, and the winner of this game will be the opponent in the semifinals that will be imposed in the match Vekic – Watson. Also, the player in the semifinals will be rewarded with $ 11,500 and 110 WTA points.
Present for the fourth time in 9 finals, Mona wishes to repeat the performance last year, when it came to the last act.
In the finals, the Romanian played the same way as in the previous games, managed to impose in front of Varvarei Lepchenko in the minimum set, score 6-4, 6-2.
Even if it was only at the second participation here, Elise played so well as last year, the year he won this competition.
Kurumi Nara and Beatriz Haddad Maia have not managed to win a set in front of the Belgians, and so the course has been quite a bit so far.
So far, Monica and Elise have been up front for 2 times, both matches taking place in 2017, ending with Belgian victories in the minimum set. Interestingly, the last contest took place last year in the final of this competition.
My tip Monica Niculescu – Elise Mertens
I find it hard to anticipate who will be able to score in this quarter finals, so I decided to bet on a first set unbalanced with a maximum of 9 games played.
I think we will have the same outcome as in the previous two direct confrontations between the two players, namely the first set will be won in a categorical fashion by Elise or Monica.
Niculescu has tired of this tournament because of having to play in qualifying, so the most likely Belgian will take advantage of this and will force you from the start.
Mertens has the advantage of serving better, to hit harder, which will upset our conational and there is a good chance that Elise will definitely win this match or at least in the first set to dominate clearly.
Prediction:Monica Niculescu win @ 1.72