Maria Sakkari vs. Alison Van Uytvanck
|Date & Time||Friday May 3, 2019, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
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Maria Sakkari and Alison Van Uytvanck meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Morocco Open.
Maria Sakkari is coming off a straight sets win over Elise Mertens that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Sakkari won 62 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Sakkari won 56 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 13 break points. Sakkari won a nearly two hour straight sets match that had a lot of ups and downs and included nine breaks. Sakkari has won all six sets this tournament and has quietly won seven of her last 10 matches overall. It’s not always pretty, but Sakkari is finding ways to get the job done. Sakkari has a chance to make her second career final and first since last years Silicon Valley Classic. Sakkari has won six of her last eight matches on clay court.
Alison Van Uytvanck is coming off a three sets win over Ysaline Bonaventure that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Van Uytvanck won 57 percent of her first serve points and 72 percent of her second serve points. Van Uytvanck won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on eight of her 15 break points. Van Uytvanck dropped the first set and then lost a combined three games in the final two sets to advance to the semifinals. Van Uytvanck has produced a combined 17 breaks in her last seven sets, and she’s been decent with her serve despite what her last match showed. Van Uytvanck has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the second time in her last five tries. Van Uytvanck hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and the fourth of her career. Van Uytvanck has won four of her last five matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was in a 2017 ITF match, one Van Uytvanck won in the third set due to Sakkari retiring three games into it. The match took 26 games to be decided.
This is probably going to be a long, competitive match win you consider neither player has dominated their serve up to this point and breaks have been common. The only match between them took a while, and that was with an early retirement in the third set. Overall, I give the slight edge to Sakkari, as she dominated the favorite to win this tournament and has been the cleaner player up to this point. It hasn’t always been pretty, but Sakkari finds a way to get it done. That’s all we ask for around here.
Sakkari reaches the second final of her career.