Saturday’s semi-finals in Katowice feature two first time match ups, with the number one and two seeds taking on unfamiliar foes in Annika Beck and Alexandra Cadantu. The latter ground out another three set win – this time over Shahar Peer - while Beck beat Maria-Elina Camerin.
First up in Katowice at 4pm UK time today is Beck vs Roberta Vinci, with the Italian a 1.20 shot to make the final and Beck around 4.40 in her first tour level semi-final. Both players impressed yesterday, but nerves are likely to play a big part again for the German, who started very slowly.
She won’t have the luxury of a slow start today and she doesn’t possess quite enough firepower to trouble Vinci the way that Kiki Bertens did in a previous round here. I suspect that today will be another good piece of experience for Beck, but Vinci should take this 2-0 at odds of 1.55.
At 6pm UK time, Petra Kvitova takes on Cadantu in an interesting clash of styles. The number one seed will go for the all-out attack option and the Romanian will try and draw the errors out of the Czech by making a lot of balls. This option tends not to work if Kvitova is on form and Cadantu, who is playing in her first semi-final since Monterrey last year, will surely struggle today.
Cadantu has played six matches here already and her last two have been tough three-setters. It seems most unlikely that she’ll have the energy to play another chasing game against someone with the power of Kvitova today. For me the bet in this one is to back Kvitova –5.5 games on the handicap at around 1.75, as I envisage this being a bit of a mauling.
Back Vinci to beat Beck 2-0 at 1.55
Back Kvitova –5.5 games to beat Cadantu at 1.75