Birmingham 2024: Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki preview, head-to-head, prediction, odds and pick | Rothesay Classic

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Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki is one of the first-round matches at the 2024 Rothesay Classic. (Photo: Getty)
Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki is one of the first-round matches at the 2024 Rothesay Classic. (Photo: Getty)

Match Details

Fixture: (5) Elise Mertens vs (WC) Caroline Wozniacki

Date: June 18, 2024

Tournament: Rothesay Classic 2024

Round: First Round (Round of 32)

Venue: Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Category: WTA 250

Surface: Grass

Prize Money: $267,082

Live Telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Tennis Channel, BBC TV


Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki preview

Elise Mertens at the 2024 French Open. (Photo: Getty)
Elise Mertens at the 2024 French Open. (Photo: Getty)

Elise Mertens will take on former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the 2024 Rothesay Classic on Tuesday.

Mertens' biggest triumphs have all been in doubles this season. She reunited with her former partner Hsieh Su-wei and the two won the Australian Open and the Indian Wells Open.

The Belgian has tasted modest success in singles, with a runner-up finish at the Hobart International being her best result, followed by quarterfinals in Linz and Charleston, and a fourth-round finish at Indian Wells.

Mertens started her grass swing at the Libema Open and faced Naomi Osaka in the first round. She proved to be no match for the four-time Major champion and lost to her in straight sets.

Wozniacki had a slow start to the season and won only one match across her first three tournaments. Her lone victory was also via her opponent's mid-match retirement. She rediscovered her form at the Indian Wells Open, where she reached the quarterfinals.

Wozniacki ousted Zhu Lin, Donna Vekic, Katie Volynets, and Angelique Kerber to make the last eight. She was up against World No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals and retired at the start of the second set due to an injury.

The Dane's clay swing was rather brief. She lost to Anhelina Kalinina in the second round of the Charleston Open and fell to Sara Errani in the first round of the Madrid Open. She will now compete in her first match on grass courts since 2019.


Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki head-to-head

Wozniacki leads Mertens 2-0 in the head-to-head. She won their previous encounter at the 2018 Australian Open in straight sets.


Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki odds

PlayerMoneylineHandicap BetsTotal Games
Elise Mertens
-150
+1.5 (-210)
Over 21.5 (-120)
Caroline Wozniacki
+115-1.5 (+150)
Under 21.5 (-120)

(Odds are sourced from BetMGM)


Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki prediction

Caroline Wozniacki at the 2024 Charleston Open. (Photo: Getty)
Caroline Wozniacki at the 2024 Charleston Open. (Photo: Getty)

Mertens was ousted by a Major champion just last week, and now faces another one in her opener in Birmingham. She was outhit by Osaka at the Libema Open but that's unlikely to happen against Wozniacki, who isn't a powerful ballstriker like the Japanese.

Aside from one good run at Indian Wells, Wozniacki has failed to impress this year. She's had some memorable results on grass in the past, winning a couple of titles in Eastbourne over the years. However, she never made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The last time these two crossed paths, Wozniacki beat Mertens en route to her only Major triumph at the 2018 Australian Open. However, given the Dane's form this season, her unbeaten streak against her rival could come to an end.

Pick: Elise Mertens to win in three sets.

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