ELISE MERTENS vs CLAIRE LIU – PICK

Elise Mertens vs Claire Liu – Pick. WTA Monastir Semi-Final. While nothing is assured in WTA, this looks like a cracking bet. In fact, we doubled our usual stake, so fingers crossed.

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ELISE MERTENS vs CLAIRE LIU - PICK

ELISE MERTENS vs CLAIRE LIU – PICK

WTA MONASTIR – SEMI FINAL

Based on what we have been watching this week, there can only be one winner in this match!

For the most part, Elise Mertens is having a poor year! In fact, on the back of her 25/20, the 26-year-olds rank dropped to a lowly 46. 

Mertens will be relieved to have reached the semi-final, albeit she had a soft draw. Incidentally, her last two wins were against Despina Papamichail (175) & Moyuka Uchijima (124). 

On paper, Elise should have won those matches easier than she did. To put matters into perspective, she was odds of 1.09 (Papamichail) & 1.20 (Uchijima) against those opponents. Furthermore, Mertens needed 2:28 & 2:01 respectively, and both matches went the distance.

In her previous tournament, Mertens was beaten in the 2nd round of Tokyo by today’s opponent Claire Liu. The scoreline (6/4 6/1) tells its own story, albeit Liu was stopped in the next round by Qinwen Zheng.

Nevertheless, the 22-year-old American arrived here with a career-high rank of 73. Following this week’s endeavours, Liu is up at rank 64, and a win today would put her in the top 60!

Claire had three massive wins this week! In the first two rounds, she beat Ana Konjuh and Katerina Siniakova in straight sets. However, her season highlight came in yesterday’s QF, in which she beat local hero Ons Jabeur.

To conclude, Mertens hasn’t done enough to warrant being the favourite for this match. If Liu can beat Jabeur on her own patch, she’s unlikely to be stopped by a player she beat just two weeks ago. 

These odds are great, and we are filling our boots!

BET: CLAIRE LIU

Odds: 2.14