Another quarterfinal match of the tournament in St. Petersburg on February 14 will please us with a fight between the Top 25 representatives: the Swiss Belinda Bencic will play against the Greek Maria Sakkari. Can Belinda confirm the status of the favorite? – Get acquainted with our experts’ prediction for the match.

At what time are Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari to play?
The game time is February 14, 2020, at 11:15 AM (GMT).

What are the players’ positions in WTA rankings?
Belinda Bencic takes the 5th position and Maria Sakkari takes the 21th position in WTA Tour Rankings.

How many wins and losses does Belinda Bencic have?
Belinda Bencic has won 64.7% of games as a favorite.

How many wins and losses does Maria Sakkari have?
Maria Sakkari has won 59.3% of the games as a favorite.

Belinda Bencic

Swiss is the fifth racket in the world, she specializes on hard covers and shows amazing results. This year Bencic cannot boast of a stable game, she alternates wins with defeats. On her account, 9 meetings played, of which she won 5 and lost 4. In the latest game, she won a stubborn fight over Svetlana Kuznetsova (2-0) in sets. It is worth noting that Belinda is far from the optimal form of play.

The victory over Kuznetsova did not cause much surprise. Yet Belinda throughout her career has successfully performed indoor matches, as eloquently testified by the statistics of victories and defeats +49 -22 and the 2016 final in St. Petersburg. Undoubtedly, the Swiss tennis player is still able to add to the second match in the game.

However Bencic does not want to learn from her own mistakes. She can not learn how to control her emotions on the court and because of this she can lose her temper. When the Swiss has nervous breakdowns, it negatively affects her game. After all, Belinda begins to blame others for her mistakes and is constantly taking unjustified risks. In most cases, this ends in a defeat or a rebound, as happened in the last match against Kuznetsova.

Maria Sakkari

Greek athlete takes the 21st place in the WTA ranking table. It is worth noting that Maria is a professional primer, so you should not expect stable results from her on hard. This season she started pretty well. Over 9 fights played, with 6 victories and 3 defeats. In the first round, she almost lost to the opponent from the first hundred of the Ranking, and then defeated Alize Cornet in two sets.

In the course of the match with Alize Cornet (6-2, 6-4), Sakkari had an advantage in the strength and power of the blows, she read the game well, managed to approach the balls on time and break through the opponent’s defense. However, in the second set, Cornet had a chance to turn the tide of the fight. Maria pulled out several heavy games, the first serve helped a lot.

Sakkari is one of those rare players who bend their line in any account. For example, in a recent meeting with Dyachenko, Maria in the decisive set lost (2-5) and the opponent twice filed for the match. But it was in such a critical situation that the representative of Greece turned on to the maximum and gained a strong-willed victory. Sakkari stands out for his tight game, as she regularly holds long draws and gets the deadliest balls.

Betting Tips Statistics

  • Sakkari defeated Bencic in a national team match at the Hopman Cup in 2019.
  • In the halls the Bencic statistics of victories and defeats is +49 -22.
  • Sakkari played 19 indoor matches in her entire career in which she won only seven times.

Prediction

The Swiss will be much more stable on the hard than her opponent. Sakkari prefers an attacking style of play, she risks a lot, so often makes unforced errors. Bencic will definitely take advantage of this. It is also worth considering the fact that the Greek woman has not the best physical fitness. Maria plays well on the back line, but on the court she moves slower. She can easily be taken aback by the shortened strokes that the Swiss have in her arsenal.

Our prediction is the victory of Belinda Bencic.

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