Belinda Bencic vs Kumkhum
2nd round of Australian Open. IMO Belinda Bencic should not have tough task here in reaching third round. She plays in great form at the start of 2018 season. I saw already at Hopman Cup that she is very good. There she was better from Osaka, Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe. The only defeat came in finals from Kerber. And we know how good Kerber was, the German player is back into best form. So losing from her was not a shame for Bencic. It was clear young Bencic is on the right path. But we had to wait a little bit to see her performance on real tournament cause Hopman Cup is not exactly something to count too much. And we saw it here in Melbourne. Amazing, just amazing performance from Belinda Bencic in opening round victory over Venus Williams. The Swiss girl simply was too good.She was hitting winners from the baseline like crazy. Plus her service was on highest level. Also return was great, what to say else than fact Bencic has won even 50% of points on Venus Serv.
Bencic is only 20 years old but this is not some too big surprise. She was already Top 10 in the past but then had one bad period. Still, with tennis like this now, she will get back there very soon.
1:1 is H2H with this today's opponent. But those have been meetings in long past, especially the first one when Bencic has lost. She was only 15 years old back then.
Kumkhum had to pass through qualifications here. So she is now already 4:0 and without lost set but IMO hardly anything will depend here on her. She might be able to make things interesting but no way she will win set if you ask me. This is a player who once was barely among Top 100 while currently she is world No. 124.
Belinda Bencic vs Kumkhum prediction
|Bencic -1.5 sets||Pinnacle||1.78||10||0-2 LOST (-10 units)|