Stanford SF #2 (8) Elina Svitolina vs (5) Angelique Kerber
After a breathtaking victory over Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarter-finals, Angelique Kerber faces Elina Svitolina for a place in the 2015 Bank of the West Classic Final. This promises to be yet another entertaining and very physical match between two fierce competitors.
Elina Svitolina advanced to the semi-finals courtesy of her second come from behind victory of the week. The Ukrainian came from a set down to defeat Bondarenko in the opening round and repeated the effort with a 4-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Alison Riske on Friday.
Angelique Kerber cruised through her opening two matches in Stanford, defeating Gavrilova and Konjuh in straight sets. Angie’s quarter-final victory over Agnieszka Radwanska was anything but easy. Kerber produced some scintillating tennis to defeat the Pole 4-6 6-4 6-4 in arguably the match of the year thus far. Radwanska came up some ridiculous shots, but it wasn’t enough to get past the German.
It was a typically gutsy Kerber victory. The German has been involved in several epic matches this year, she has emerged victorious on every occasion.
The head to head record is perfectly poised heading into this match, split at two wins apiece. Kerber won the first two meetings between the pair whilst Elina has won the last two. In their most recent encounter, Svitolina prevailed 4-6 7-6 6-3 in Brisbane earlier this year. Angie was total control of that match but lost the plot as Svitolina came roaring back to win.
This is going to be a tight match, a battle between two very similar players. Expect to see some gruelling rallies in what should be a very physical match. Normally I would say Angie has the clear edge, but it will not be easy for her to back up after her victory over Radwanska with such little time to rest. I still think Angie will have the slight edge, she has shown that she is able to recover from tough matches and will need to dig deep to win this one. Kerber’s ability to be more aggressive gives her the edge.
Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Elina Svitolina in 3 sets