Mertens, Elise v Schmiedlova, Anna Karolina 15/01 01:00
TENNIS Australian Open Women-19Kick Off: 15/01/2019 01:00
Back the Slovak to cause an upset
Karolina Anna Schmiedlova is from Slovakia, aged 24 and ranked 77 in the world.Her best surface is clay but has just reached the final in Hobart , having defeated Benic in the semi.She qualified,last year , for the Australian, losing to Kasatkina in the first round . In April of 2018 , she won a small claycourt tournament in Bogota and has done reasonably well since then.In Linz in October she qualified and won a round in the tournament proper.She has been ranked as high as 26 which she achieved in October of 2015.
Elise Mertens is from Belgium,aged 23 and at her highest rank of 12 in the world.She plays her best tennis on hardcourts with a record of 26 and 13 last year.She made the semi of the Australian,last year,so has a lot of points to defend . This year she lost in the first round of Brisbane and the third round of Sydney to Barty.She had a very good first half of 2018,winning Hobart in January.Then in April she won the tournament in Lugano on clay and in May another claycourt tournament in Rabat.She didnt fare well in the Chinese swing,late,last year .
The players have not met over the net before .
Value for Schmiedlova
Schmiedlova 4.69 v Mertens 1.25