Maria Sakkari vs. Danielle Rose Collins
|Date & Time||Saturday August 4, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Danielle Rose Collins and Maria Sakkari meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Stanford Classic.
Danielle Rose Collins is coming off a straight sets win over Victoria Azarenka that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Collins won 61 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Collins ended up losing a first set tiebreak but managed to advance due to Azarenka being forced to retire early in the second set. Despite the shaky result, Collins won 45 percent of her return points and produced four breaks on eight chances. Collins should also be well rested for this match considered she’s played just six sets to get to this point. Collins has a chance to make her first career WTA final appearance. Collins has won five of her last six matches on hard court.
Maria Sakkari is coming off a straight sets win over Venus Williams that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Sakkari won 63 percent of her first serve points and 51 percent of her second serve points. Sakkari won 58 percent of her total service points and 51 percent of her return points. Sakkari converted on six of her eight break points, which was just enough to avoid a third set and make a rare semifinal appearance in a big tournament. Sakkari has now produced a combined 13 breaks in her last two matches, and while her matches can struggle with momentum, she’s found a way to avoid dropping a set in this tournament. Sakkari has a chance to make her first career WTA final appearance. Sakkari has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
There’s no previous match history between these two players.
This is going to be a match likely with a lot of breaks and no rhythm, so be ready for a sweat job if betting it. As for who the winner will be, I’m siding with Collins. She’s not only the fresher player of the two after not having to play much in her last match, but she’s had more consistency with her serve and has the home crowd behind her. American players tend to thrive on American soil more than they do in other places, and it’s going to be even louder given a final appearance is on the line.
Collins finds a way to grind out a victory.