German 29-year old player who is ranked 3rd in the WTA ranking
Angelique Kerber is a German 29-year-old player who currently sits in 3rd place of the WTA ranking. Kerber is a tennis player with tremendous quality. She has incredible resilience and consistency, which makes her very hard to beat.
During some moments, she might have felt the pressure so she suffered some unexpected losses.
At Wimbledon she already improved her performance and game level and despite going out in the 4th round, she played very good tennis and was only eliminated by Garbiñe Muguruza, who later became Wimbledon champion, in a match where the Spaniard came back in impressive fashion.
Kerber has a lot of points to defend here, since she reached the semi-finals last season, so it is important to start this tournament well in order to stay in the fight for the top of WTA ranking.
Donna Vekic is a Croatian 21-year-old athlete who is currently number 51 in the WTA ranking.
Vekic is a player who likes to be aggressive and increase the speed of her game from the baseline. She is a player with good rhythm but she also commits several mistakes usually.
She has been having a good season and had a great victory at WTA Nottingham, where she won, beating Safarova (Semi-final) and Konta (Final) in two incredible matches.
Here she has also been playing well, going through the qualifiers, where she beat Carson Branstine in 3 sets, after she lost the 1st, and Patricia Maria Tig in straight sets.
On the 1st round of the main draw, she faced Genie Bouchard, and won in straight sets as well. Last year she was eliminated on the qualifying rounds, so her entrance in the top 50 is practically ensured at this point.
Head to head: These 2 players have never met before
Angelique Kerber vs Donna Vekic Pick:
Kerber must win this match and I believe that she can, with more or less trouble.
She will face a very prepared player, coming from the qualifying rounds and on a good form. However, Keber’s consistency and solidity should prevail, especially since Vekic’s style isn’t very patient on the exchanges.
Only a very assertive Vekic and with a very high winners percentage could beat Kerber, and I don’t really think that will happen. With that said, I’m going with the German tennis player, who should start off this tournament well, by beating Donna Vekic.