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WTA Shenzhen, Semi Final: Rybakina v Kr Pliskova

Elena Rybakina 1.73, Kristyna Pliskova 2.34

Due to start at 6:30 am

This will be their first meeting.

Much stronger overall results for Rybakina in the last year. Hard court results also favour her.

Rybakina beat Elise Mertens in 3 sets in the last round. She started as underdog in that match and also in her first round match with Saisai Zheng. She won that one in 3 sets. She won 69% of her hard court matches last season.

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Elena Rybakina – Photo: LiveTennis.com


Pliskova has not lost a set so far. She beat Defending champ Aryna Sabalenka in the 2nd round. She has been serving extremely well. She won 55% of her hard court matches last year. She has been in the Shenzhen quarter finals twice before but had never made the semi finals until now.

Stats for the tournament favour Pliskova on serve and Rybakina on return. Pliskova has held 97% of her service games. Back Rybakina around 1.90 .

Update: Rybakina faced an early break point but held and easily took the first set. A single late break in set 2 gave her the match.
Rybakina won 6-2, 7-5.

   
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WTA ASB Classic, Auckland – Gauff v Siegemund

Cori Gauff 1.46, Laura Siegemund 3.15

Due to start at 11pm.

This will be their first meeting.

Stronger 12 month results for Gauff. She won 67% of her matches. Siegemund won 55% of hers.

Gauff had more success on hard courts in 2019. She reached the 3rd round at the US Open. Her other strong hard court results were in ITF events. She won 62% of hard court matches. She has not played a lot of matches on hard courts but her game suits the surface well.

Cori Gauff
Cori Gauff – Photo: TennisWorldUSA


Siegemund’s hard court record is poor. She has a losing record on hard courts in her career and won half her matches in 2019. She did have a comfortable win over Lucky Loser Catherine McNally in the last round.

Back Gauff around 1.75 to 1.85. She will need to be focused but has the ability to control this match.

   
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