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Kerber vs Flipkens tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Kerber to remain unbeaten vs Flipkens in Monterrey quarterfinals

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 5 Apr 2019
  • Angelique Kerber faces Kirsten Flipkens in the quarterfinals of the Abierto GNP Seguros
  • Kerber vs Flipkens is live from Monterrey on Friday at 7pm local/2am BST
Angelique Kerber in Monterrey

Angelique Kerber should remain unbeaten against Kirsten Flipkens when the two face off in the quarterfinals of the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey on Friday.

Angelique Kerber faces Belgian veteran Kirsten Flipkens for a place in the semifinals of the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, where neither player has dropped a set so far.

Angelique Kerber
Kerber is playing her first International event of 2019 in Monterrey; she went 0-1 in International events in 2018, losing in the first round of Mallorca shortly before winning Wimbledon. Needless to say it’s going a lot better at the Abierto GNP Seguros, where she has made the final on two of her three previous appearances, finishing runner-up to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 2013 and 2017.

Kerber and Pavlyuchenkova, who has won four titles in Monterrey, could be due to clash in the semifinals, with defending champion Garbine Muguruza also in the mix for Friday’s quarterfinals, so the closing stages of the hard-court tournament promise to be quite enthralling.

World no. 5 Kerber is looking for her first title of the season in Monterrey – her first title since winning Wimbledon in fact – after having failed to defend her Apia International Sydney title and losing in surprisingly one-sided fashion to Danielle Collins in the round of 16 at the Australian Open. Defeated in the semifinals of Doha and the round of 16 in Dubai to Elise Mertens and Su-Wei Hsieh respectively, Kerber made her first final of the year at Indian Wells but lost to Bianca Andreescu, who also beat her in Miami, a defeat that frustrated Kerber into publicly calling her opponent a ‘drama queen’.

The next meeting between Kerber and Andreescu should be interesting to watch, but Kerber has already exorcised a bit of Miami aftermath in Monterrey with her second-round victory over Karolina Muchova. The Czech had surprised Kerber in the latter’s opening match in Miami, taking the first set and forcing her to dig deep and come back, but after a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over qualifier Kristina Kucova in the first round, Kerber kept things much more tightly controlled against Muchova this time, beating her 6-3, 6-4 in 84 minutes.

‘I knew what to expect before the match,’ Kerber said afterwards. 

‘I was trying to play good tennis, to play every single point, being aggressive. I think it was a really close match; two or three points decided each set. I'm happy with how I played tonight.’

Next up for Kerber is an opponent against whom she is unbeaten, Kirsten Flipkens.

The Belgian veteran is playing the Abierto GNP Seguros for the third time, having finished runner-up to Heather Watson on her last appearance in 2016 (scoring wins over Anett Kontaveit, Johanna Konta and Alison van Uytvanck on the way). 

Kirsten Flipkens
Flipkens was ranked as high as world no. 13 in 2013, when she made a surprise run to the Wimbledon semifinals, beating Petra Kvitova on the way. The Belgian, now 33, won her first and so far only WTA Tour title in Quebec City in 2012 but continues to make an impact in WTA Tour events, generally at International level: In 2018, she was a semifinalist in Nurnberg, won the ITF $100k in Southsea and reached the final of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, beating Kiki Bertens and Aryna Sabalenka before losing to Aleksandra Krunic.

Flipkens broke back into the top 50 in 2018 after having been ranked outside it since January 2014, but comes into Monterrey ranked world no. 58 after struggling for singles wins so far in 2019: In the six events she had played this season before the Abierto GNP Seguros, Flipkens had only won four matches, beating Sachia Vickery in Auckland, Dalila Jakupovic and Vitkoria Kuzmova to reach the quarterfinals in Hobart and Eugenie Bouchard in the first round of Indian Wells.

So far in Monterrey, Flipkens has been winning her matches quite easily, beating Olga Danilovic 6-2, 6-1 and Jakupovic 6-3, 6-3 to set up this quarterfinal clash with Kerber.

Flipkens’s last win over a top 10 player came at the Olympics in 2016 when she beat Venus Williams; she has lost her last seven matches against top-10 players, and has an overall 5-25 record, with four of those wins over top-10 opposition coming on grass where her slice backhand and volley skills appear to their best advantage. 

All three previous meetings between Kerber and Flipkens have gone the German’s way, even when Kerber was ranked well outside the top 300 back in 2006. Flipkens has taken just one set in those meetings, and that was at Wimbledon in 2014. The Belgian can’t overpower Kerber, nor outlast her in baseline rallies, and her skill-set, which works best against error-prone power hitters, is not well suited to facing off with the athletic German. A suitably disciplined and aggressive performance from Kerber should see her into the Monterrey semifinals in straight sets.

Kerber vs Flipkens Abierto GNP Seguros tennis is live from Monterrey on Friday at 7pm local/2am BST

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