Even after some crazy three-set matches and multiple upsets, the line-up for the last eight at the Rogers Cup in Montreal is still a fascinating one with four top 8 seeds and a few WTA household names. My favourite match of the quarterfinals is between the Bs – Barty and Bertens; read for the match preview…
1.  Ashleigh Barty (No.16) vs Kiki Bertens (No.18)
After her breakthrough 2017 season which saw Barty qualify for the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, Barty has done well to cement her position in the world’s top 20. While she claimed her first WTA title in Nottingham over Johanna Konta during the grass court swing, there seems to be something that is missing in Barty’s season so far. Perhaps it’s the lack of results at the Grand Slam level, perhaps it’s a big win over a top player that’s lacking, but I feel something is just empty Barty’s resume. Perhaps she will be able to achieve that over this week in Montreal.
Before this season, Bertens was known to be a clay-court specialist as all of her WTA titles have come on clay, and her confidence level always seems to dip during the grass and hard court swings. However, this has all changed after the Dutch player reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, beating former champion Venus Williams enroute, and has continued her success with two top 10 wins over Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova to reach the quarterfinals in Montreal. Bertens always has had the game to excel on the faster surfaces, but her lack of confidence and belief has always been a stumbling block for her. Now with a new mentality, she is finally blossoming on the tour.
Thoughts: While out of these four quarterfinals, the combined ranking of these two players are the lowest out of them all, but this match-up is probably my pick of the day. I am very interested to find out if Bertens can compete with the variety and guile of Barty after dismantling two hard-hitters in Kvitova and Pliskova. I think Barty’s more dynamic play could see her through this one, but I’m not really convinced with this pick.
Final Prediction: Ashleigh Barty d. Kiki Bertens in three sets
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