2013 and 2018 finalist Kirsten Flipkens will try to reach the 2019 Libéma Open semifinals on Friday.
WTA Staff
June 13, 2019

WEATHER

Rain is forecast in the morning in 's-Hertogenbosch, with a 79% chance of precipitation at 11am, but the skies should clear by 2pm.

ORDER OF PLAY

CENTRE -- 11:00 a.m. start
Following 1 ATP match
[1] Kiki BERTENS (NED) vs. [WC] Arantxa RUS (NED) (to be finished 7-5 4-3)
Following 1 ATP match, not before 2:30 p.m.
[1] Kiki Bertens or [WC] Arantxa Rus
vs. [Q] Paula Badosa Gibert or Natalia Vikhlyantseva
Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL) vs. [Q] Elena RYBAKINA (KAZ)

COURT 1 -- 11:00 a.m. start
Polona HERCOG (SLO) vs. Alison RISKE (USA) (to be finished 4-6 4-5)
[Q] Greet MINNEN (BEL) vs. Veronika KUDERMETOVA (RUS)
Polona Hercog or Alison Riske vs. Ekaterina ALEXANDROVA (RUS)

COURT 3 -- 11:00 a.m. start
[Q] Paula BADOSA GIBERT (ESP) vs. Natalia VIKHLYANTSEVA (RUS)
Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) / WANG Yafan (CHN) vs. [4] Shuko AOYAMA (JPN) / Aleksandra KRUNIC (SRB)

TBA -- Georgina GARCIA PEREZ (ESP) / Fanny STOLLAR (HUN) vs. [2] Kiki BERTENS (NED) / Demi SCHUURS (NED)

MATCH POINTS

Kirsten Flipkens and Elena Rybakina will meet for the first time. Flipkens, a former Top 15 player and Wimbledon semifinalist, reached the Libéma Open final last year, losing to Aleksandra Krunic. She avenged that loss to Krunic in the first round this week. Flipkens also reached the 's-Hertogenbosch final in 2013, losing to Simona Halep, and the semifinals two other times.

Read more: Rybakina upsets van Uytvanck to make Den Bosch quarters

Greet Minnen and Veronika Kudermetova are also facing off for the first time. Rapidly rising Russian Kudermetova is into her fourth quarterfinal in her last five WTA events, having reached that stage at Lugano, Istanbul, and Nurnberg, before a third-round showing at Roland Garros last week.

Top seed Kiki Bertens and Arantxa Rus will complete their all-Dutch second-round affair which was interrupted by rain on Thursday. Bertens leads 7-5 4-3 and holds two break points for a 5-3 lead, after being down 1-5 and two set points in the opening set.

Read more: Kiki Bertens: 'When I’m on the court and all the elements are working for me, it’s just magic'

Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Paula Badosa Gibert's second-round meeting did not start on Thursday and was postponed to Friday. Vikhlyantseva reached her only WTA singles final to date at this event in 2017, falling to Anett Kontaveit in straight sets in the championship match.