Petra Martic vs. Margarita Gasparyan
|Date & Time||Saturday April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Petra Martic and Margarita Gasparyan meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Istanbul Cup.
Petra Martic is coming off a three sets win over Kristina Mladenovic that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Martic won 57 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Martic won 52 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 19 break points. Martic has won back-to-back three set matches to get to this point and has played over five hours of tennis. While she’s shown great fight to stay in these matches, Martic has to be better with her second serve if she’s going to close the deal on a potential title. Martic has had a combined nine double faults and is getting nothing on her second serve at all. Martic looks to make her third career final appearance and first since the 2018 Bucharest Open. Martic has won 10 of her last 12 matches on clay court.
Margarita Gasparyan is coming off a straight sets win over Veronika Kudermetova that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Gasparyan won 54 percent of her first serve points and 32 percent of her second serve points. Gasparyan won 45 percent of her total service points and converted on nine of her 14 break points. Gasparyan has played eight sets to get to this point and has produced a combined 22 breaks in her last three matches. Gasparyan needs to be better with her serve if she’s going to continue moving forward, but there’s no doubt her return has been on point this tournament and she’s comfortable on this surface. Gasparyan looks to make her third career final appearance and first since the 2018 Tashkent Open. Gasparyan has won three of her last five matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Both of these players have been extremely shaky with their serves, so you can expect a typical up and down WTA match that has you pulling your hair out. With that said, Martic should have the edge based on how consistent she’s ben on clay the last couple of years and the fact her competition as of late has been much steeper.
This will likely be a match with zero momentum and a lot of breaks, but Martic should muscle through to the final.