Andrea Petkovic will play Ekaterina Alexandrova in the semifinal of the 2018 WTA Linz Open in Austria.
Andrea Petkovic enters this match having defeated Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets in the semifinal. It was a very dominating performance by Andrea Petkovic as she won 5 breakpoints while only losing one service game. Andrea Petkovic only allowed her opponent to win 4 games in the entire match to allow the German to complete a comfortable win. It has been a very good tournament for Andrea Petkovic as she has only lost 1 set in the entire tournament while also eliminating the top seed, Julia Gorges in the opening round. Andrea Petkovic has won two WTA titles in Austria. Furthermore, Andrea Petkovic has won two titles in WTA tournaments played in indoor courts. With form on her side and great experience in these conditions, Andrea Petkovic will be very hard to beat.
Similarly, Ekaterina Alexandrova has also been in outstanding form in this tournament. Ekaterina Alexandrova won her quarterfinal match in straight sets. In that win, Ekaterina Alexandrova received serve exceptionally well as she broke her opponents serve on 5 occasions. That being said, Ekaterina Alexandrova had issues with her serve as she allowed her opponent to win 3 breakpoints. Ekaterina Alexandrova’s serve has been an issue for her as she has already lost 10 service games in this tournament. Ekaterina Alexandrova will need to improve her serving since her opponent is in exceptional form when receiving serve.
The will be the first time that Ekaterina Alexandrova and Andrea Petkovic will be playing each other.
Taking everything into consideration I see Andrea Petkovic beating Ekaterina Alexandrova in this match. Petkovic has looked in much better form and has more experience playing in the conditions present at this tournament. I see Andrea Petkovic making the final of the tournament.