Maria Sakkari vs Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Saturday September 22, 2018, 10:15 AM (EDT)|
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Kiki Bertens will take on Maria Sakkari in the semifinals of the 2018 WTA Korea Open.
Kiki Bertens had to come from one set down to win her quarterfinal match in 3 sets. Following the opening set, Kiki Bertens showed her dominance as she never allowed her opponents any chances in the second and third set. Bertens was exceptional when receiving serve as she managed to break her opponents serve on 7 occasions meaning she won close to 60% of the games played while not serving. The most impressive set of the match was the third set as Bertens won it 6-0 and prevented her opponent from having a chance to win the match. Bertens has been in exceptional form for a few months as this run has included her winning the Cincinnati Masters. With her confidence very high due to her recent success, Kiki Bertens will be very hard to stop in this tournament.
On the other side of the court, Maria Sakkari enters this match having won her last match in 3 sets. It was a tough win for Sakkari but she managed to win the big points when required. Maria Sakkari received serve exceptionally well as she managed to break her opponents serve on 4 occasions. That being said, Sakkari had issues with her own serve as she allowed her opponent to break her serve 3 times. This is set to be a much tougher match for Maria Sakkari as her opponent is much more skilled. Maria Sakkari will need to serve much better if she wishes to win.
Maria Sakkari and Kiki Bertens have played 4 times in the past with both players winning on 2 occasions.
All in all, I am going to pick Kiki Bertens to win this match. Bertens showed exceptional skill in her quarterfinal victory and her ruthlessness in pressure situations makes her a very tough opponent. While Maria Sakkari has done well to make it this far, she is no match for Kiki Bertens. I am picking Kiki Bertens to make the final of this event.