St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, SF Preview
?? (5) Julia Goerges vs ?? (wc) Petra Kvitova
A blockbuster semi-final clash in St. Petersburg sees Julia Goerges come up against Petra Kvitova in the first match of the day on the Sibur Arena. Goerges is one of the in form payer on tour right now having won 17 of her last 18 matches. The German will face a strong test on Saturday against a red-hot Petra Kvitova.
Julia Goerges has blasted her way through to the semi-finals in St. Petersburg without dropping a set. Goerges has claimed wins over Maria Sakkari, Roberta Vinci and Elena Rybakina. On paper it has been fairly favourable draw for Goerges but the German has come up against some inspired opponents and fended off the challenges admirably. Notably Goerges is likely to crack the top 10 for the first time after this weeks result.
Petra Kvitova is also in fine form. Petra started the week with a dominant straight set win over the 7th seeded Elena Vesnina before requiring 3 sets to get past Irina-Camelia Begu. Petra secured her spot in the semi-finals with a 6-0 6-2 demolition of Jelena Ostapenko, one of Petra’s best performances since her comeback.
It is Kvitova who holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Goerges. The pair have not met since 2013 where Kvitova beat Goerges 2-6 7-6 6-2 in Stuttgart.