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Bertens vs Sasnovich WTA Moscow Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Bertens looks to keep Singapore hopes alive

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 17 Oct 2018
  • Kiki Bertens vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich is live from Moscow on Wednesday, 17 October from 2:00pm local time/ 12:00pm BST
  • Bertens and Sasnovich have split their two previous meetings
Kiki Bertens. (Photo by Di Yin/Getty Images)

WTA Finals hopeful, Kiki Bertens continues her push for a spot in Singapore on Wednesday when she takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the Kremlin Cup.

With six spots already decided, Bertens is in a three-day battle with Elina Svitolina (7th in the race) and Karolina Pliskova (8th) for the last two WTA Finals places. The Dutchwoman currently sits in ninth, one place outside the qualifying slots, but with Svitolina not playing this week, Bertens remains in control of her destiny, and she will clinch a spot in the season-ending finale if she reaches the semi-finals at the Kremlin Cup.

It would cap a superb season for Bertens, who has transited from being a clay-court specialist to a genuine force on all surfaces. With her blend of power, movement and touch, Bertens is one of the tour's most watchable players, and there won't be many complaining if she secured a place amongst the elite eight on the Singapore stage.

Given that the opening quarter of the season was predominantly played on hard courts, Bertens expectedly made a quiet start to the year, winning just three of her first 11 matches up until the Miami Open, but she surged into life on the green clay of Charleston, beating Madison Keys and Julia Goerges to claim what was then her biggest career title.

Her excellent form on clay continued as she reached her first Premier Mandatory final in Madrid, beating Caroline Wozniacki, Caroline Garcia and Maria Sharapova before falling to Petra Kvitova in the title match. Her clay-court season ended with a 7-6 7-6 loss to Angelique Kerber at Roland Garros. Usually that is where she switches off for the year (she also makes a quick dash in the brief post-Wimbledon clay-court swing), but 2018 has been different. Out of nowhere, Bertens stormed into the quarter finals at Wimbledon, beating Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova in the process, and that performance seemed to give her the confidence and belief that she can excel outside clay, as she followed that Wimbledon showing with a superb run in North America. 

Bertens reached the quarter finals in Montreal, and then won the Cincinnati crown, before falling surprisingly to Marketa Vondrousova in the third round of the US Open. She made a fantastic start to her Asian tour, picking up her third title of the season in Seoul, but she couldn't replicate that form in the rest of her time in the far East, losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round in Wuhan, and beaten by Katerina Siniakova in the third round in Beijing. She also fell to Margarita Gasparyan in the Round of 16 in Linz.

Can she produce that one final big push in Moscow to force her way into the Singapore field?

First up for Bertens in Russia is Aliaksandra Sasnovich.


Sasnovich has had the best season of her career, but it hasn't been quite a flashy as Bertens’, nor as her compatriot's, Aryna Sabalenka's! 

Aliaksandra Sasnovich. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Sasnovich and Sabalenka formed the core of the Belarus team that made a thrilling run to last year's Fed Cup final, and while Sabalenka has made an audacious bid for the top 10, Sasnovich's progress has been a lot more measured.

The 24-year-old began her season with a runner-up finish in Brisbane, while she backed it up with a decent Round of 32 showing at the Australian Open. She struggled after that, winning consecutive matches just once in her next ten tournaments. Sasnovich regained some form at Wimbledon, where she stunned Petra Kvitova in the first round before going on to reach the fourth round for her best Grand Slam performance, while she followed it up with a semi-final run at the Moscow River Cup, the first of two WTA tournaments staged in the Russian capital. She has not done much since then- her best result coming at the US Open, where she beat Belinda Bencic and Daria Kasatkina before falling 6-0 6-0 to Naomi Osaka. 

Back in Moscow for the second time this season, Sasnovich opened her Kremlin Cup campaign with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu. She apparently likes Moscow, as she also got to the quarter finals of the Kremlin Cup last year. Will that love affair continue this week?

Sasnovich and Bertens have split their two tour level meetings- Sasnovich winning a Fed Cup tie last season, and Bertens responding with victory at Roland Garros earlier this year- can Bertens take the lead and keep alive her hopes of a debut appearance at the WTA Finals?

Kiki Bertens vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich is live from Moscow on Wednesday, 17 October from 2:00pm local time/ 12:00pm BST

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Bertens vs Sasnovich WTA Moscow Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Bertens looks to keep Singapore hopes alive

Kiki Bertens takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday. Can Bertens win to keep her Singapore hopes alive? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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