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Bertens vs Friedsam WTA Eastbourne live streaming, preview and tips - Bertens aims for second win over Friedsam this year and Eastbourne quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 26 Jun 2019
  • Kiki Bertens vs Anna-Lena Friedsam is live from Eastbourne around 3.30pm local time/BST on Wednesday
  • Bertens has won both of their previous meetings
Kiki Bertens (PA Images)

Kiki Bertens continues her bid for a first grass-court title when she squares off against Anna-Lena Friedsam for a place in the Nature Valley quarter-finals in Eastbourne on Wednesday.

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Third seed Kiki Bertens aims for her second win over Anna-Lena Friedsam this season as the pair clash in the Round of 16 at Eastbourne on Wednesday.

After suffering immense disappointment at the French Open as she was forced to retire in the second round with illness as one of the tournament favourites, Bertens has bounced back in strong fashion, winning five of her six matches on grass as she prepares to do some damage at Wimbledon next week. The Dutchwoman appeared set for a maiden grass-court title at home in s-Hertogenbosch a couple of weeks ago as she powered through the draw to make the final without dropping a set, but she couldn’t close out the big-serving Alison Riske, wasting five championship points as the American edged her for the trophy in a final-set tiebreak. Bertens hasn’t let that result linger though, returning to action on Tuesday in Eastbourne and earning a routine 6-4 6-1 win over Yulia Putintseva in her opening match. It was also Bertens’ first ever win at Eastbourne after she lost her first match at the tournament last year to Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Bertens’ transition from clay-court specialist to all-court master began on grass last year after she beat Venus Williams on her way to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, while the Dutchwoman also picked up hardcourt titles in Cincinnati (where she beat World No. 1 Simona Halep in the final) and Seoul, along with qualifying for the WTA Finals for the first time and making it to the semi-finals of the season-ending championships, solidifying herself as one of the WTA’s best players. Bertens, who contemplated retirement a few years ago, has continued her superb form throughout 2019, compiling a 32-12 record for the season, including winning two titles in St. Petersburg and the Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open, where she beat four Grand Slam champions on her way to the silverware: Jelena Ostapenko, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens and Halep.

As mentioned, Bertens was one of the favourites for Roland Garros heading into the tournament, but unfortunately she couldn’t give her best effort due to illness. Can she pick up some steam before Wimbledon with a deep run in Eastbourne this week?

Anna-Lena Friedsam stands in her way on Wednesday - and the German also knows a little something about her body letting her down. Friedsam first broke into the top 100 in 2014 and made her first WTA final the following season in Linz, finishing runner-up to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, while she hit a career-high ranking of No. 45 in 2016 following a run to the fourth round of the Australian Open, losing a heartbreaking match deep in the third set to Agnieszka Radwanska as her body shut down with cramps.

Unfortunately, Friedsam’s career has been derailed by shoulder injuries since that season. She played just two matches after Wimbledon in 2016 as she underwent her first shoulder surgery, returning only in September the following year to play five events. Friedsam decided to play three tournaments in Australia to kick off 2018, but after losing to Angelique Kerber in the first round of the Australian Open, Friedsam was forced to underdog another surgery on her shoulder and subsequently missed the entire season, dropping out of the world’s top 1,000 as a result.

Friedsam returned to action at an ITF event in Germany in February this year without a ranking, but she’s been able to claw her way back up to No. 356, using a protected ranking to enter WTA events. She lost in the first round of Miami and Charleston but managed to qualify for the main draw of Stuttgart, where she went down to Bertens in the first round, while she also reached the quarter-finals of Nurnberg and the second round of the WTA $125k Series event in Bol. Friedsam has continued her solid comeback in Eastbourne this week, advancing into the third round without dropping a set in victories over Fiona Ferro and World No. 20 Anett Kontaveit.

As mentioned, Bertens beat Friedsam in straight sets in Stuttgart earlier this season, while the Dutchwoman also prevailed in their first meeting in Luxembourg back in 2014. Friedsam has demonstrated her ability to play top 50 tennis when fit, and she was superb against Kontaveit, but is she ready for a top 10 scalp? Bertens has taken her game to the next level over the last 12 months and has been pretty good in her matches on grass this season - it’s tough to see her losing this one.


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Bertens vs Friedsam WTA Eastbourne live streaming, preview and tips - Bertens aims for second win over Friedsam this year and Eastbourne quarter-finals

Kiki Bertens continues her bid for a first grass-court title when she squares off against Anna-Lena Friedsam for a place in the Nature Valley quarter-finals in Eastbourne on Wednesday.

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