After a week of quality tennis on the grass, we finally made it to the semi-finals of the WTA 500 Championships in Eastbourne. Both semi-finals promise to be interesting matches. Beatrice Haddad Maya has enjoyed an exceptional tour of the grass season. The Brazilian won back-to-back titles in Nottingham and Birmingham, and has a chance to go for three in a row at Eastbourne. However, she faces a tough test at the two-time former Wimbledon champion Kvitova. In the other semi-final match, defending champion Jelena Ostapenko faces Camila Giorgi in a fun encounter. Here are my predictions for today’s semi-finals.
WTA predictions for the semi-finals in Eastbourne
Camila Giorgi vs Jelena Ostapenko
Face to face: 1-1
Defending champion Yelena Ostapenko enjoyed a relatively comfortable run to the semi-finals this week. The Latvian has yet to drop a set, losing only five matches in their quarter-final win over Anhelina Kalinina. This is Ostapenko’s first semi-final round since Doha in February, and Latvia have struggled to maintain the form they showed early in the season. However, a good run this week in Eastbourne could attest that Ostapenko is going well. This week it will give her confidence on her way to Wimbledon.
Camila Giorgi also enjoyed a relatively straightforward race to the semi-finals. The Italian didn’t drop a set, scoring an impressive win over Garbine Muguruza in the round of 16. Giorgi improved gradually throughout the grasscourt season. The Italian was a previous Wimbledon quarter-finalist and has played some of the best tennis on this surface. The Italian has weapons in her service and forehand strike. She is not a player to be underestimated.
I think this will be a tight three-set match, and I think the Italian is the most consistent of the two. That, plus her form on the court is why I believe she will win.
Prediction: Giorgi at 3
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Beatrice Haddad Maya – Petra Kvitova
Head to head: 1-0 Haddad Maya
Blatterez Haddad Maya entered this match with rest days after Lesia Tsurenko withdrew from the quarter-final match. This could be an advantage for the Brazilian, who has yet to lose on the grass this season. The Maya blacksmith has a powerful left serve that instantly puts opponents behind. The grass court suits her aggressive playing style, and she is definitely a player who has the potential to make a deep run, and even win the title at Wimbledon. The only real concern is whether or not Haddad Maya played a lot of tennis at SW19 Road.
Petra Kvitova, like her competitor, has a proven track record in the turf field. Despite not playing her best tennis this season, Kvitova has always been a threat on the grass, and has the strength and skill to challenge any player on the WTA Tour on this surface. Kvitova had to work hard for her wins this week, especially in the round of 16, as she came back from a low group to defeat home favorite Katie Poulter. Kvitova has a strong initial transmission, and this allows her to dictate gatherings from the baseline.
The duo met last week in Birmingham, where Haddad Maya scored a back-to-back victory. However, this week Kvitova had more matches under her belt. I think that will be closer than their game in Birmingham. However, Haddad Maya has had a longer recovery time, and I believe she will take the win in three sets.
Prediction: Mourning Maya in 3
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