The WTA Berlin semifinal lineup is set and we have a couple of stellar matchups to spot in this tennis betting preview column.
In the first match of Saturday’s WTA Berlin semifinal card, Maria Sakkari will face Belinda Bencic. In the second, Coco Gauff takes on Ons Jabeur.
Read on four our tennis predictions and choice tennis picks.
Sakkari vs Bencic
Second seed Maria Sakkari is through to the bett1open semifinals after clinching the win over Daria Kasatkina. The No. 1 Greek tennis star played her best match of the tournament, beating Kasatkina 6-0, 6-3 as she posted her first win in five tries over her Russian counterpart.
Sakkari won 70 percent of her first-serve points and converted on 7 of 16 breakpoints to reach the first grass-court semifinal of her career and fourth tournament semifinal this season.
The 26-year-old will take on eighth seed Belinda Bencic, who was a finalist last year in Berlin. Bencic is enjoying a solid season and is through to her first grass-court semifinal this year.
Bencic beat Veronika Kudermetova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to book her place in the final four. Bencic faced a much tougher contest against her Russian counterpart, needing 2 hours, 15 minutes to close her out.
Notching her third three-set win in a row, 🇨🇭 @BelindaBencic overcomes Kudermetova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Through to face Sakkari for a place in the Berlin final 👊 pic.twitter.com/bBmYlCTBGN
— wta (@WTA) June 17, 2022
Sakkair has the 1-0 head-to-head edge over Bencic after beating the Swiss in St. Petersburg a couple years ago. Sakkari had to come from behind to beat Bencic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
As per the tennis bet markets, she’s the slight favorite to win at -135. Bencic is a tempting underdog at +115.
Both players are solid on grass and have form right now. Sakkari has the advantage on movement. She’s a hustler and grinder. But Bencic has the serve and power game and that can be lethal on this fast surface.
PICK: Belinda Bencic +115
Gauff vs Jabeur
American Coco Gauff is enjoying fabulous form right now as she reaches her second straight semifinal and first-ever grass semifinal of her career.
Gauff was a finalist at the French Open earlier this month before making the switch from clay to grass this week. The change in surface hasn’t fazed this 18-year-old tennis star at all. Instead, she picked up from where she left off in Paris to book her place in the bett1open final four.
Gauff defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 on Friday. She won 72 percent of her first-serve points and converted on 4 of 9 break points. Importantly, she out-aced the ace queen with five aces to none.
Statement win from 🇺🇸 @CocoGauff!
— wta (@WTA) June 17, 2022
Next up for Gauff is top seed Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian was the last player to book her place in the final four after eking out the three-set victory over Aliaksandra Samsonovich.
Jabeur was forced to come from a set down in the 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2 victory. She won 71 percent of her first-serve points and converted on 7 of 12 break points.
Jabeur trails Gauff 3-1 lifetime, with each of those losses coming on clay. This is the first-ever meeting on grass between them.
As far as the tennis odds go, Jabeur is tipped as the favorite at -125 to win. Gauff is the tempting underdog at +105. It’s a right toss-up for tennis picks because both players come into this tournament on good form.
After Iga Swiatek, Jabeur has won the most matches this season. In reaching the semis, she improved to 28-9 on the season. Gauff isn’t too far off with a 23-11 record.
PICK: Ons Jabeur -125