Kiki Bertens vs. Paula Badosa Gibert
|Date & Time||Saturday July 27, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Kiki Bertens and Paula Badosa Gibert meet in the semifinal of the 2019 tennis Internazionali Femminili di Palermo.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a three sets win over Jasmine Paolini that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 72 percent of her first serve points and 52 percent of her second serve points. Bertens won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her nine break points. Bertens got 52 percent of her first serves in play and saved four of her seven break points. Bertens has now won at least three matches in three of her last four tournaments and has won her last three matches that have gone the distance. Bertens looks to make her fourth final of the year and the 13th final of her career. Bertens has won seven of her last nine matches on clay court.
Paula Badosa Gibert is coming off a straight sets win over Arantxa Rus that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Badosa Gibert won 84 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. Badosa Gibert won 67 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her nine break points. Badosa Gibert got 60 percent of her first serves in play and saved five of her six break points. Badosa Gibert has won all six sets to get to this point and has produced a combined 15 breaks. Badosa Gibert doesn’t have a win over a top-10 player in her career. Badosa Gibert looks to make her first career WTA final. Badosa Gibert has split her last six matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Badosa Gibert didn’t have much recent success on clay entering this tournament, and this will be by far the biggest test of the tournament for her. Bertens has been one of the more consistent players on tour all year and is chasing already her fourth final appearance of the season. Bertens is much more comfortable on this surface and her first serve percentage has been solid up to this point.
I like Bertens to overwhelm the inexperienced player.