St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, SF Prediction
?? (4) Kristina Mladenovic vs ?? (8) Daria Kasatkina
I’m going to side with Kasatkina here. I think the Russian will expose all the weaknesses in the Mladenovic game. I’m still not convinced that Mladenovic is ‘back.’ Mladenovic got lucky yesterday as Siniakova was clearly injured and was not able to compete at a high enough level whilst Cibulkova was wayward in the first round. Kasatkina is dialled in after a big win over Caroline Wozniacki yesterday. Kasatkina is the type of opponent Mladenovic usually struggles against, Kasatkina a will give nothing away for free and make Mladenovic play a few shots and come up with big winners to stay competitive. Kasatkina will be too solid here.