🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, SF Preview
🇺🇦 (1) Elina Svitolina vs 🇩🇪 (6) Angelique Kerber
I’m going to side with Kerber here despite Svitolina winning the last 4 matches between the pair and holding an overall 6-5 head-to-head record over the German. Both have great win/loss records in 2018: Svitolina is 12/2 whilst Kerber is 19/2. However, there is no doubt in my mind that it is Kerber who is playing the better tennis right now and I think this is a good match-up for Kerber when she is in top form as she is right now. These two have similar strengths and weaknesses but when Kerber is on she is slightly better than Svitolina in most departments.
Kerber is in scintillating form, Kerber heads into this semi-final clash fresh off a 6-4 6-3 drubbing of Karolina Pliskova yesterday, a match where Kerber did not face a single break point, a real confidence boosting win for the already confident German. Conversely, Svitolina scrapped through her first match in Dubai in 3 sets against Qiang Wang whilst she was gifted victory by a wayward Naomi Osaka yesterday. Kerber has been involved in a lot of tight matches against quality opposition in 2018, Svitolina has not faced a task this tough. Given all of these factors, I can only see 1 winner unless something drastic occurs.