Maria Sakkari vs. Saisai Zheng
|Date & Time||Saturday August 3, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
San José State University Tennis Center
San Jose, California
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Maria Sakkari and Saisai Zheng meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Silicon Valley Classic.
Maria Sakkari is coming off a three sets win over Elina Svitolina that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Sakkari won 59 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Sakkari won 53 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 15 break points. Sakkari got 51 percent of her first serves in play and saved eight of her 15 break points. Sakkari is finding ways to win and give her credit for winning a match where she dropped the first set in seven games, but she must improve her serve while cleaning up the double faults. It’s honestly surprising that Sakkari has been able to make it this far with the way she’s served. Sakkari hopes to make her second final of the year and the third final of her career. Sakkari has won four of her last five matches on hard court.
Saisai Zheng is coming off a three sets win over Amanda Anisimova that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Zheng won 53 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Zheng won 51 percent of her total service points and converted on nine of her 11 break points. Zheng got 63 percent of her first serves in play and saved eight of her 16 break points. Zheng could also clean up the silly unforced errors, but she entered this tournament on a five-match losing streak, so the 25-year-old will take victories however they come at this point. Zheng hopes to make her second final of her career and first since last years Jiangxi Open. Zheng has split her last six matches on hard court.
The two have split the previous two matches, as Zheng won 2016 Cincinnati and Sakkari won 2016 Wimbledon. Both matches were decided in straight sets.
Both of these players have had issues with their serve, so it’s going to come down to who can string together two or three games in a row. When both are playing well I would probably give Zheng the edge, but she entered this tournament in poor form and is coming off a really bad serving performance. As poorly as she’s served, Sakkari has found ways to win and just beat a top-10 player that’s sure to provide confidence.
I don’t love it, but I’ll lean toward Sakkari.