Irina Begu vs. Maria Sakkari
|Date & Time||Friday September 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Maria Sakkari and Irina Begu meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Korea Open.
Maria Sakkari is coming off a straight sets win over Margarita Gasparyan that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Sakkari won 68 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Sakkari won 63 percent of her total service points and won five of her nine break points. Sakkari has shown a really balanced attack in her last two matches and has played about a combined two hours. Sakkari has to like her chances if she can continue to be aggressive with the return and execute the opening her opponent provides. Sakkari hopes to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since Madrid. Sakkari has split her last 10 matches on hard court.
Irina Begu is coming off a straight sets win over Agnieszka Radwanska that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Begu won 60 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Begu won 52 percent of her total service points and produced six breaks on 13 break points. Begu has produced a combined eight breaks in her last two matches and has done so against some pretty respectable players. Of course, Begu entered this tournament losing eight of her last nine matches, so this sudden turnaround is quite impressive. You also have to ask how long Begu can continue this run given she was struggling to win a set, let alone beating top-100 players with ease. Begu has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since Istanbul back in April. Begu has split her last six matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2016 Miami Open, a match Begu won in straight sets. The match took 16 games to be decided.
I need to see more from Begu before I can back her with any confidence, as she struggled in all areas of her game heading into this tournament, losing eight of her last nine matches. Sakkari has been really balanced with her attack and has had far more recent success on hard court this season.
Give me Sakkari to make the semifinals, as I’m not completely confident in the sudden turnaround from Begu.