World number 39 Elise Mertens faces the 41st-ranked Petra Martic in the third round of the 2023 WTA Miami Open on Saturday, March 25. Get the predictions and odds of this Elise Mertens v Petra Martic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elise Mertens v Petra Martic Head to Head
There have been three previous meetings between these two players and Mertens has won every single time. The latest of these meetings came in St. Petersburg last year where Martic managed to win a set for the first time.
Mertens Shocks Kasatkina
Having lost in the very first round at the Indian Wells Open two weeks ago, Mertens looks to have started off well in Miami.
After overcoming Alycia Parks in the first, the 11/10 underdog surprised the eighth seeded Daria Kasatkina in her second round encounter on Thursday. She won 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a match that lasted two hours and eight minutes.
What was interesting to see was the turnaround in the second and third sets of the match which saw Mertens face no break-points at all. This after she had been broken three times in the first set from the seven opportunities her opponent got.
In return, Mertens overcame the Kasatkina serve on four occasions in the final two sets, from the four chances she got.
This was Mertens’ ninth match win for the season to go with seven defeats. The former world number 12 needs to earn a few more while she can as she bids to break back into the top 30 on the WTA charts.
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Martic Stalls Three-Match Losing Streak
Starting out as a 4/5 favourite against Xiyu Wang in the second round, Martic lived up to that top billing by overcoming her opponent in straight sets.
Having received a first round bye as a result of being seeded in the competition, Martic rode to a 6-3, 6-3 win in an hour and 37 minutes to claim her spot in the third round. This follows Martic having failed to qualify for the tournament last season.
Martic served five aces and 74% of her overall service points as she faced no break-points in the encounter. In turn, she broke her opponent three times to complete the victory.
Like her opponent, Martic was also 7-7 on main draw win-loss coming into this tournament. Can she win a second match in a row for just the second time this season, having done exactly that at the Linz Open?
Mertens v Martic Prediction and Tip
Mertens is 1/2 to win this and we have to back her experience here. Having said that, we think Martic will have her chances and could easily push her opponent to a third set.
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