The tournament in St. Petersburg is slowly but surely entering the finish line. Semifinal matches are going to be played today. Maria Sakkari pleased everyone, once again clearly demonstrating what a fighting character is. Will she be able to swing to the finals? – Our prediction for the match is already here for you.
At what time are Maria Sakkari and Elena Rybakina to play?
The game time is February 15, 2020, at 11:00 PM (GMT).
What are the players’ positions in WTA rankings?
Maria Sakkari takes the 21st position and Elena Rybakina takes the 25th position in WTA Tour Rankings.
How many wins and losses does Maria Sakkari have?
Maria Sakkari has won 59.3% of games as a favorite.
How many wins and losses does Elena Rybakina have?
Elena Rybakina has won 70% of the games as a favorite.
After an inexpressive starting match played by Sakkari in St. Petersburg against Diatchenko (3-6, 6-4, 7-6), there were serious thoughts that the Greek tennis player would be able to go far along the tournament bracket.
In the second round match against Cornet (6-2, 6-4), Sakkari was already much more confident. The quarterfinals with Bencic turned out to be difficult. After the first set, it already seemed that Maria had little chance of winning. However, she continued to bend her line, played in her own style, and the rival faltered, beginning to make mistakes (2-6, 6-4, 6-3).
As in the game with Cornet, Maria Sakkari again showed excellent physical fitness, managed to approach the balls, kept the pace of the game, punched deep under the back line. This is important, given that Elena Rybakina has powerfull punches and should not be allowed much freedom on the court.
Sakkari stands out for her ability to turn matches. After all, during the course of the meeting, she can lose without any chance, but only some critical important moment arrives, so immediately the representative of Greece turns on the maximum speed. Maria acts on the court exclusively as number two, as she prefers to give the ball to her opponent and wait for mistakes. But this style of play is far from being always effective, especially on fast surfaces. In addition, you must always be in optimal physical shape so that you can give all the best on the court and have time to recover.
Before the quarterfinal match against Dodin, Elena Rybakina confidently overcame two laps in St. Petersburg. First there was a victory over Siniakova (6-3, 6-4). Then, with the same score, the Kazakh tennis player outplayed Ferro.
From the very start of the quarter-finals, Rybakina’s tangible advantage was noticeable, which acted in a diverse and confident manner. Up until the moment when she submitted to the set, Elena had a 40-15 score and two set points.
The tennis player then not only gave the first set, but also left two matchballs in the second installment. As a result, she pulled out a match in which the opponent was not ready for a long fight, experiencing problems with her hip (6-7, 7-5. 6-2).
With a good overall game, Elena brought problems in the quarter-finals to herself. But against Sakkari it will not be easier. Greek tennis player with all her instability without a fight does not leave the court. She has already lost three matches this year without taking a set from rivals (Osaka, Vekic, Kvitova).
Rybakina has no obvious weaknesses, because lately she doesn’t have panics when rivals act in a torn rhythm. But when Elena is confident, it is extremely difficult to stop the pressure of the Kazakh athlete, since she has extremely powerful delivery in her arsenal, cannon strikes from both forehand and backhand. In addition, the tennis player significantly improved movement on the court, beginning to force herself to run after difficult balls and not give anything to her rivals.
Betting Tips Statistics
- Sakkari and Rybakina did not play among themselves.
- Sakkari spent ten matches this season, invariably taking at least a set from her rivals.
The match will definitely turn out to be interesting, since both tennis players will fight until the last draw and an easy walk will definitely not be here for anyone. In addition, the final is at stake. Rybakina will act as the first number on the court, but Sakkari will be able to withstand her pressure, due to the variable game.
Our prediction is the victory of Maria Sakkari.