Women’s Libema Open Best Bets – June 15th

Three matches from Thursday needed to be completed on Friday before the Libema Open could enter the quarterfinal stage and fans were treated to a full day of great tennis. In the three matches that needed to be completed #1 Kiki Bertens, Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Alison Riske all punched their tickets to the quarters. The quarterfinals started with Veronika Kudermetova (-164) knocking out Greet Minnen in three sets and Alison Riske (-164) taking out Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets. The final two semifinalists are #1 Kiki Bertens (-278) taking out Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Elena Rybakina (+110) taking out last year’s runner-up Kirsten Flipkens.

Semifinal Saturday will consist of #1 Kiki Bertens vs Elena Rybakina and Alison Riske vs Veronika Kudermetova.

Here are two best bets for the semifinal in the Netherlands.

Kiki Bertens (-357) vs Elena Rybakina (+275)

Kiki Bertens is through to the semifinals after a routine 6-3 6-3 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva on Friday. The match was Berten’s second of the day as she first had to finish off her match against Arantxa Rus from yesterday. The Dutchwoman has spent just 3:44 minutes on her home court this week and has faced an average opponent ranking of 133. Saturday will be Berten’s sixth semifinal of 2019.

Elena Rybakina knocked out last year’s runner-up, Kirsten Flipkens, Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Libema Open. The Russian has yet to lose a set this week, has spent three hours and 53 minutes on the court and has faced an average opponent ranking of 84. Saturday will be Rybakina’s first WTA semifinal of 2019, but she did make an ITF semifinal earlier this season.

Kiki Bertens gets to the final in her home tournament.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Alison Riske (-189) vs Veronika Kudermetova (+150)

Alison Riske increased her winning streak to eight matches after knocking off Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Riske was forced to finish her second round match earlier in the day when she finished off Polona Hercog 6-4 7-6(5). Riske has spent five hours and 16 minutes this week and faced an opponent average ranking of 61. Saturday will be the American’s second final of 2019.

Veronika Kudermetova is through to the semifinals after her comeback win over Greet Minnen on Friday. Kudermetova went down a set and a break, but was able to regroup and win the final two sets to get the win. The Russian has been on court for four hours and 26 minutes and has faced an opponent average ranking of 137. Saturday will be Kudermetova’s first WTA final of 2019, though she has reached a Challenger semifinal.

I like Alison Riske to get through to the final.

Veronika Kudermetova leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The previous meeting took place on the hardcourts in Tianjin, last season, when Kudermetova came away with a three set win.

YTD Tennis Results: 230-154

Women’s Libema Open Results: 6-5

Women’s Libema Open Best Bets – June 14th

Once again the weather did not cooperate in the Netherlands as only three of the five matches scheduled were able to get completed. Two suspended matches from Wednesday finally came to an end as Veronika Kudermetova (-400) took out Destanee Aiava 6-3 6-1 and Elena Rybakina (+120) upset #9 Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3 6-4. The only other completed match Thursday was Ekaterina Alexandrova (-250) beating Ysaline Bonaventure in straight sets. The two suspended matches were Alison Riske vs Polona Hercog with Riske leading one set to zero and serving for the match and #1 Kiki Bertens leading Arantxa Rus 7-5 4-3. Natalia Vikhlyantseva vs Paula Badosa was schedule for Thursday, but did not get started.

The quarterfinals are slated to be played Friday and the four matchups are: Kirsten Flipkens vs Elena Rybakina, Veronika Kudermetova vs Greet Minnen, Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Alison Riske/Polona Hercog and #1 Kiki Bertens/Arantxa Rus vs Natalia Vikhlyantseva/Paula Badosa.

Here are two best bets for Friday in the Netherlands.

Kirsten Flipkens (-139) vs Elena Rybakina (+110)

Kirsten Flipkens booked her spot in the quarterfinals with a straight set win over #4 Lesia Tsurenko on Wednesday. The Belgian went down a break in each set, but was able to break back and win in straight sets. Flipkens has now won back-to-back matches for the first time since early on Van Uytvanck April and is now just two wins away from defending her runner-up points. Friday will be Flipken’s third quarterfinal of 2019.

Elena Rybakina is through to the quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-4 win over #9 Alison Van Uytvanck on Thursday. Rybakina did not have a win on grass before this week, but already has four after successfully qualifying for the main draw. Friday will by Rybakina’s second WTA quarterfinal of 2019.

I like Kirsten Flipkens to get one step closer to the final.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Veronika Kudermetova (-164) vs Greet Minnen (+129)

Veronika Kudermetova is through to the quarterfinals after needing just 57 minutes to knock off Destanee Aiava 6-3 6-1. Kudermetova has been having a nice 2019 and Friday will be her fifth quarterfinal of the 2019 season. The Russian had a very successful clay season making three quarterfinals in the six tournaments she entered.

Greet Minnen is through to the quarterfinals after a solid 6-4 6-4 win over Margarita Gasparyan on Wednesday. Minnen did not have a very clean game, as she was broken three times and won just five of 20 second serve points, but the Belgian was able to win regardless. This will be Minnen’s second quarterfinal of 2019.

Veronika Kudermetova gets the win on Friday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 224-151

Women’s Libema Open Results: 3-4

Women’s Libema Open Best Bets – June 13th

There were four scheduled matches for Thursday at the Libema Open, but just two were able to be completed thanks to the ongoing poor weather in Europe. Greetje Minnen (-139) opened the day with a 6-4 6-4 win over Margarita Gasparyan to enter the quarterfinals here. The only other completed match ended with Kirsten Flipkens (-139) knocking out #4 Lesia Tsurenko is straight sets. The two suspended matches were Veronika Kudermetova up 4-2 in the first set against Destanee Aiava and Elene Rybakina up 2-1 in the first set against #9 Alison Van Uytvanck.

The final four scheduled second round matches will take place Thursday with #1 Kiki Bertens taking on Arantxa Rus, Ekaterina Alexandrova battles Ysaline Bonaventure, Alison Riske takes on Polona Hercog and Natalia Vikhlyantseva takes on Paula Badosa.

Here are two best bets for Thursday in the Netherlands.

Ekaterina Alexandrova (-200) vs Ysaline Bonaventure (+150)

Ekaterina Alexandrova endured a brutal clay season, but she started off her grass season with a nice 6-4 6-2 upset win over #3 Elise Mertens in the first round. Alexandrova’s best surface is the hard courts, but the Russian has a chance to make a run this week in a wide open bottom half of the draw. Alexandrova is now 10-7 on the grass during her career.

Ysaline Bonaventure increased her grass record to 3-0 on the season, two were qualifying matches, with a 6-2 2-6 6-0 win over Fiona Ferro on Tuesday. Bonaventure had the best grass season of her career last season, she went 5-0, but she is now just one win away from her first quarterfinal on the surface.

I like Ekaterina Alexandrova to get the win on Thursday.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

Alison Riske (-333) vs Polona Hercog (+240)

Alison Riske increased her winning streak to six with a two hour, three set, win over Karolina Muchova on Tuesday. Riske entered the Surbiton ITF event last week as the #3 seed and came away her second consecutive title at the event. With her six wins so far this season Riske now has a 62-28 career record on the grass.

Polona Hercog, who is more of a clay court specialist, opened up her grass season with an easy 6-4 6-4 win over Christina McHale on Tuesday. Hercog won her third career WTA title on the clay of Lugano earlier this season, but her clay swing ended with a third round, three set, defeat at the hands of Sloane Stephens. Hercog is 16-18 on the grass in her career.

I like Alison Riske to continue her dominance in this matchup.

Alison Riske leads the H2H 2-0 and leads on grass 1-0. The two met on grass last season, in Mallorca, when Riske came away with a three set victory in the Round of 16.

YTD Tennis Results: 222-148

Women’s Libema Open Results: 2-4

Women’s Libema Open Best Bets – June 12th

Nine first round matches were on the schedule Tuesday, in the Netherlands, and there was a massive upset with #2 Aryna Sabalenka bowing out to qualifier Destanee Aiava (+450) in three sets. #3 Elise Mertens was also sent home early after losing to Ekaterina Alexandrova (+200) in straight sets. #1 Kiki Bertens, #4 Lesia Tsurenko and #9 Alison Van Uytvanck all came away with straight set wins on Tuesday.

The final first round match, plus four second matches, are scheduled on Wednesday with the best matchup being #4 Lesia Tsurenko vs Kirsten Flipkens.

Here are two best bets for Wednesday in the Netherlands.

Lesia Tsurenko (-139) vs Kirsten Flipkens (+100)

Lesia Tsurenko kicked off her grass season with a 6-4 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova Tuesday. The Ukrainian, who is currently ranked #32 in the world, had a poor clay season and will look to build off a 3-2 grass season on 2018. Tsurenko has a 24-22 career record on grass and did not compete during this week last season.

Kirsten Flipkens recorded her first win since April with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Aleksandra Krunic on Tuesday. The win also avenged her loss in the final here last season when Flipkens fell to the Serb in three sets. Flipkens has been really good on grass over the year, but it remains to be see if the Belgian still has anything left in the tank.

I like Lesia Tsurenko to advance to the quarters.

Kirsten Flipkens leads the H2H 3-1, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The two last met on the hard courts of New Haven, in 2017, when Flipkens came away with a straight set win.

Margarita Gasparyan (-120) vs Greetje Minnen (-120)

Margarita Gasparyan recorded her first main draw win since last April with a 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 upset win over #7 Viktoria Kuzmova on Monday. The win snapped the Russian’s three match losing streak and was her first win on the grass since 2015.

Greetje Minnen improved her grass court record to 4-1, this season, with a straight set win over Mona Barthel on Monday. The win was Minnen’s first main draw win since late April, although she has had quite a few wins in the qualifying stages. Minnen never played on grass before this season and she will look to make her first quarterfinal appearance during her first ever tournament on the surface.

I like Margarita Gasparyan to get the win and advance to the quarters.

This will be the first meeting between the two.

YTD Tennis Results: 218-141

Women’s Libema Open Results: 2-2

It was a wet Monday, and it took a lot of time, but all six scheduled main draw matches were able to get played at the Libema Open. The opening match of the tournament saw a seeded player go down as Margarita Gasparyan knocked off #7 Viktoria Kuzmova 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4. Elena Rybakina, Paula Gibert, Arantxa Rus, Greetje Minnen and Veronika Kudermetova were also victorious on Monday.

Ten matches are on the schedule Tuesday with #1 Kiki Bertens, #2 Aryna Sabalenka, #3 Elise Mertens and #4 Lesia Tsurenko all in action.

Here are two best bets for Tuesday in the Netherlands.

Kirsten Flipkens (-152) vs Aleksandra Krunic (+110)

Kirsten Flipkens can’t off the dirt fast enough as the Belgian suffered a 0-5 clay swing and won just a single set since April 20th. Flipkens has been a historically good grass court player as she went 9-2 last season, won the Southsea ITF title and made the final at the tournament. For her career, Flipkens has a 41-30 on the grass.

Aleksandra Krunic returns to her preferred surface, on the grass, after a 3-5 clay record and a second round exit at the French Open. The Serb won the title here last season, beating none other than her opponent Tuesday in the final, and went 6-2 on grass last season. For her career, Krunic has gone 25-14 on the surface.

I like Flipkens to get her first win in the matchup.

Aleksandra Krunic leads the overall H2H 2-0 and leads on grass 1-0. The previous time these two met on the grass was in the final here last season when Krunic came away with her first WTA title in three sets.

Ysaline Bonaventure (-175) vs Fiona Ferro (+125)

Ysaline Bonaventure posted a 6-5 clay swing record, but had just two main draw wins during that time frame. The Belgian had to go through the qualifying stages here, and needed three sets in both matches, but was able to successfully get into the main draw. Bonaventure went 5-3 last season on grass and had a career 8-8 record on the surface. This week last season Bonaventure made a run to the semifinals of the Manchester ITF event.

Fiona Ferro enters the grass season off a pretty successful clay season that saw her go 8-5 and post a quarterfinal appearance in Strasbourg. Ferro fell in the final qualifying stage, on Sunday, but received a lucky loser spot to enter the main draw. The two qualifying matches this week were the Italian’s first on grass.

I like Ysaline Bonaventure to even up the H2H Tuesday.

Fiona Ferro leads the H2H 1-0, but this will be the first meeting on grass. The previous meeting took place on the hard courts of France, last season, where Ferro came away with a straight set victory.

YTD Tennis Results: 213-138

Women’s Libema Open Results: 0-2

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