Russian tennis superstar, Vera Zvonareva has made it into the semifinals of the 2019 WTA Shenzhen Open in China. Zvonareva will be playing against Alison Riske from the United States.
Alison Riske enters this match having won her previous match in straight sets. Riske was very dominant in the win as she only allowed her opponent to win 1 game in the final set. It has been a really good tournament for Riske as she beat the number 3 seed, Wang, Qiang, in the opening round. It is important to note that Riske has struggled with her serve during this tournament as she has averaged 3 service games lost per match. Alison Riske must improve her serve if she wishes to compete in this match.
On the other side of the coin, Vera Zvonareva enters this having won her previous match in 3 sets. During the win, Vera Zvonareva showed great fight as she lost the opening set but bounced back exceptionally well to convincingly win the final 2 sets. Vera Zvonareva is a very accomplished player and she has made multiple WTA finals in China including a title win at WTA Guangzhou in 2008. Zvonareva’s experience should give her an edge in such a high-stakes match.
Vera Zvonareva and Alison Riske have played twice in the past. As it currently stands, Vera Zvonareva has a 2-0 record against Alison Riske. The most recent match between these two players was in 2015 where Zvonareva won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Vera Zvonareva to win this match. While Alison Riske has played well, her serve is vulnerable and that could be very costly against a very accomplished opponent. Vera Zvonareva has a huge amount of experience and I see her past success giving her the confidence to get over the line in this match.