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Barty vs Bertens WTA Montreal live streaming, preview and predictions - Barty and Bertens face off for Coupe Rogers semi-final spot

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 10 Aug 2018
  • Ashleigh Barty vs Kiki Bertens is live from Montreal at 12.30pm local time on Friday (5.30pm BST)
  • This will be their first meeting at tour-level
Ashleigh Barty (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Either Ashleigh Barty or Kiki Bertens will make a first Rogers Cup semi-final when the pair square off in the Montreal quarter-finals on Friday.

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A golden opportunity beckons for one of Barty and Bertens when they collide for a place in the Premier 5 Rogers Cup semi-finals.

After making the third round of the Rogers Cup when it was held in Toronto last season, Barty has at least gone one step further this time around, advancing into the quarter-finals with victories over Irina-Camelia Begu, Alison Van Uytvanck and Alize Cornet.

The win over Cornet - who had beaten Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the previous round - was Barty’s 32nd of the season, with the Australian doing an excellent job of backing up her career-best campaign from last year, maintaining a spot inside the top 20 for the majority of 2018 and arriving in Montreal at No. 16.

After retiring from tennis in 2014 while still a teenager in order to take a break from the sport and try her hand at professional cricket in Australia, Barty returned to tennis in 2016 and finished that year at 271 in the world after easing back into competition through the ITF circuit. But it was in 2017 where Barty took her game to the next level, scoring four top 10 wins over the likes of Venus Williams, Johanna Konta, Karolina Pliskova and Jelena Ostapenko, while she also won her maiden WTA title in Kuala Lumpur and finished runner-up at the Premier 5 Wuhan Open.


Still just 22 years of age, Barty began the season with a runner-up finish at the Apia International in Sydney to Angelique Kerber, while she also had solid runs at the Australian Open and Miami, making the third and fourth rounds respectively. The Australian didn’t do much during the clay season, although she did make the Strasbourg semi-finals, but it was on her beloved grass where Barty made another big impact, defeating Naomi Osaka and Johanna Konta to claim her second WTA title in Nottingham, while she also reached the quarter-finals in Eastbourne and third round of Wimbledon.

Kiki Bertens (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Kiki Bertens is experiencing her best ever run on tour off clay, backing up her Wimbledon quarter-final run from last month by making the Rogers Cup quarter-finals for the very first time this week. And it’s not as if she’s had an easy run either, with Bertens taking out Carol Zhao 6-1 6-2 before conquering Czech superstars Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova by dominant scorelines - 6-2 6-2 and 6-3 6-2 respectively. Bertens was in total control in her third round clash with Kvitova, hitting eight winners and waiting for the Czech to implode as the two-time Wimbledon champion committed 28 unforced errors.

"I think that's what I'm really happy with, that I'm not playing my best but winning quite easy like the scoreline," Bertens said. "I think the level in general, I raised my game."

Also nestled safely inside the top 20 at No. 18 in the world, Bertens improves to 27-15 for the season by reaching the last eight in Montreal. Always a formidable figure on clay, the Dutchwoman captured the Premier-level Volvo Car Open on the green clay of Charleston earlier this season, defeating Madison Keys and Julia Goerges back-to-back, while she toppled the likes of Anastasija Sevastova, Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Garcia to advance to her first Premier Mandatory final in Madrid, where she went down in three sets to Kvitova.

Bertens was undone in two tiebreaks by Kerber in the third round of Roland Garros, but she bounced back strongly at Wimbledon, defeating Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova to make her first Grand Slam quarter-final outside of the French Open. Now into the Rogers Cup quarter-finals, is Bertens starting to round into an all-court player?

This will be the second meeting between the pair, although their first clash came all the way back in 2014 in Brisbane qualifying, so Barty’s win in that encounter doesn’t really mean much in the present day. It will be a big clash of styles - Barty likes to slice and dice, while Bertens goes for all out power and pace. Normally I’d lean with Barty on hardcourt, but the way Bertens dismantled Pliskova and Kvitova was very impressive - so much so I’m backing the Dutchwoman into the semi-finals on Friday.


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Barty vs Bertens WTA Montreal live streaming, preview and predictions - Barty and Bertens face off for Coupe Rogers semi-final spot

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