Kiki Bertens vs Sara Sorribes Tormo, Gstaad SF Preview

Ladies Championship, Gstaad, ???️ Semi-Final Preview
SF #2: (2) ?? Kiki Bertens vs ?? Sara Sorribes Tormo

Kiki Bertens will be aiming to reach back-to-back finals in Gstaad when she comes up against Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first semi-final of the day on Saturday. Bertens has an extremely impressive 46-11 win/loss record on clay over the last two seasons and looms as the favourite to win the title in Gstaad entering the semi-final stage of the event. Sara Sorribes Tormo will be out to cause the upset of the tournament, the Spaniard will be aiming to reach her first tour level final and will need to produce the biggest win of her career if she is to reach Sunday’s final.

Kiki Bertens has sailed into the semi-final stage in Gstaad without trouble. Bertens has not dropped a set in her opening three matches. Bertens started the week with a 6-3 6-1 win over Aleksandra Krunic before beating Anna Zaja 6-4 6-2. Bertens confirmed her spot in the semi-finals with a solid 6-4 6-4 win over Johanna Larsson. Bertens has emerged as one of the most consistent performers on clay over the last few years, it will take a big effort to stop her from winning the title. 

Despite some very shaky service numbers, Sara Sorribes Tormo is into her second WTA tour level semi-final, also her second of 2017 having reached the final four in Bogota earlier this year. Sorribes Tormo served 27 double faults in her first two matches but managed to move past Evgeniya Rodina (4-6 6-3 7-6) and Louisa Chirico (6-1 7-5). Sorribes Tormo confirmed her spot in the semi-finals with her cleanest performance of the week, beating Tamara Korpatsch 6-2 6-3.

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Kiki Bertens won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-4 6-3 win on clay in Marrakesh  last year. I expect Bertens will again be too strong for the Spaniard. Sorribes Tormo has been really struggling behind her serve and will therefore struggle to keep up with Bertens given how effective Bertens serve is on this surface. Bertens will also be too powerful for the baseline and will enjoy being able to dictate points in this match-up. All signs point to a comfortable Bertens victory.

Prediction: Kiki Bertens to defeat Sara Sorribes Tormo in 2 sets

0 responses to “Kiki Bertens vs Sara Sorribes Tormo, Gstaad SF Preview”

  1. Kontaveit v Bertens, the expected final…
    That’s a tough one, I like both players.
    Bertens is very good on clay, not so much on other surfaces.
    Kontaveit is one of the best young prospects in all of tennis, and improving. Also pretty darn good on clay.
    Looking forward to your write up….

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