Elise Mertens will take on Katerina Siniakova in the Quarter-final of the Istanbul Cup 2021. Mertens is currently the World no.17 on the WTA rankings and Siniakova is the World no.69.
- Tournament: Istanbul Cup 2021
- Match: Elise Mertens vs Katerina Siniakova
- Round: Quarter-final
- Date: 23rd April, 2021
- PrizeMoney: $ 5,800
- Venue: Istanbul, Turkey
- Surface: Clay Court
Elise Mertens vs Katerina Siniakova: Match Preview
Mertens had a good start to the season. On the hardcourts of Australia she reached the Finals of the Gippsland Trophy, and then the round of sixteen of the Australian Open. She followed that up by reaching the Semi-final of the Dubai Open, her highlight of the season this year. At the just concluded Charleston Open, she lost in very first match on the green clay to Alize Cornet.
At the Istanbul Cup so far, she beat Laura Arruabarrena, 6-2 7-5, in her opener, and then got the better of Viktorija Golubic 6-4 4-6 6-1 in the second match. Her Quarter Final Opponent is Katerina Siniakova. Siniakova had lost three of her last four encounters before stepping on court here, but those were played on hardcourts. Here on clay this week she has already beaten Cristina Bucsa and Kristina Mladenovic.
Elise Mertens vs Katerina Siniakova: Head-to-Head
There have been three previous matches between these two players and all of them have been won by Mertens. Interestingly, all of those three matches came on hard courts.
Elise Mertens vs Katerina Siniakova: Prediction
The top seed Mertens has played well so far, but she did show signs of weakness in her second round encounter. Siniakova who looks a much better player on clay, but will have to play out of her skin to salvage something from this match.
Match Prediction: Elise Mertens will beat Katerina Siniakova in three sets.