??☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – SF Preview + Prediction
?? (1) Petra Martic vs. ?? (4) Anett Kontaveit
The first of the semi-finals at the Palermo Ladies open sees the top seeded Petra Martic come up against the fourth seeded Anett Kontaveit. Martic and Kontaveit are the two remaining seeded players heading into the final 4 and will both fancy their chances to go on and win the title if they can get through this clash.
Martic started her Palermo campaign with a comprehensive 6/0 6/3 win over Alison Van Uytvanck before fighting from behind to outlast an in-form Ludmilla Samsonova 5/7 6/4 6/2. The Croatian booked her spot in the semi-finals with a hard-fought 7/6 7/6 triumph against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, two wins in a row for Martic against confident players that came through the qualifying draw in Palermo.
Kontaveit has followed a similar pathway to Martic into the semi-finals in Palermo. The Estonian cruised through her opening round match against Patricia Maria Tig 6/3 6/3 before battling from a set down to defeat Laura Siegemund 3/6 6/2 6/2. The fourth seed cemented her spot in the semi-finals with a topsy-turvy 6/1 4/6 6/1 win over local wild card Elisabetta Cocciaretto. Kontaveit’s best has looked good this week but she has been typically inconsistent.
Martic emerged victorious in the only previous meeting between the pair, a 7/6 6/1 victory on the hard courts of Dubai earlier this year.
I’m going to side with Martic here to make it 2 from 2 against Kontaveit in 2020. Martic was too solid for Kontaveit on a hard court earlier this year and should be further advantaged on the clay in Palermo. Martic has generally been the more impressive of the two this week and has a much better recent record on clay. The versatility and reliability of Martic should get the job done against an erratic opponent.
Prediction: Petra Martic to defeat Anett Kontaveit in 2 sets
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