TennisSection previews the 2021 WTA Madrid Open as Kiki Bertens (8) meets Veronika Kudermetova in the Second Round on Saturday, May 1st, 2021.
Will Veronika Kudermetova be able to back up her strong First Round victory as she looks to cause a big upset in this Second Round match? Will the defending champion, Kiki Bertens, be able to continue to dominate here at the 2021 WTA Madrid Open? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will. Who will it be?
Veronika Kudermetova cruised through her First Round match against Elena Vesnina, beating the Russian in straight sets 6-1/6-4. Veronika Kudermetova is a very solid player on her day, and she will want to show everyone that she has a very big game with a powerful serve and a strong forehand. Veronika Kudermetova will know however that she still has a long way to go in her game, and in her consistency levels, if she is to keep up with the best players in the world, including her opponent in this Second Round match here at the 2021 WTA Madrid Open, Kiki Bertens.
Kiki Bertens has started her 2021 WTA Madrid Open campaign off very strong here, beating Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva in straight sets 6-4/6-0. The first set was really Kiki Bertens trying to get used to the conditions in Madrid again and trying to find her best rhythm, and once she won that, she was able to just dominate the rest of the match, not putting a foot wrong. Kiki Bertens is a star on the WTA Tour, but she has not been able to shine for the last year. Hopefully here Kiki Bertens can continue to improve, and beat opponents like Veronika Kudermetova, to improve her level and confidence.
Kiki Bertens and Veronika Kudermetova have met 1 time before, with Kiki Bertens leading the head to head 1-0. They met at the 2020 St. Petersburg Open where Bertens won in straight sets 6-1/6-2. That match was on a hard court, and now that we are on clay, Bertens favourite surface, I am sure that this match will be very similar to this. Kiki is very determined to defend her title here at the 2021 WTA Madrid Open, and I don’t see her letting Veronika Kudermetova stand in her way.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Kiki Bertens to Win.