WTA Doha & ATP Rotterdam Preview: A look at Saturday’s Semi-Finals

I have only followed the tennis fleetingly today and can only go on the scorelines and things I have read.  Doha had an extraordinary day with four straight set quarter-finals with none of four losing players mustering more than three games in a set.  In Rotterdam, there were upsets galore as the top two seeds, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray both went out.  Thankfully I have 3G signal so should hopefully be able to get some posts up in the next week.  Moving house is both tiring and stressful! Here is a quick look at tomorrow’s semi-finals.

1. Jelena Jankovic v Angelique Kerber (WTA Doha, 1st SF)


Angelique Kerber

Jelena Jankovic has absolutely cruised through her section of the draw, losing no more than three games in any of the six sets she has won.  On Friday, she swept past Petra Kvitova, 6-1 6-3.  Angelique Kerber has been equally dominant and lost just one game to Petra Cetkovska in the quarter-finals.  Jankovic and Kerber last met in the Brisbane quarter-finals where JJ prevailed in an entertaining three setter.  Kerber has been very consistent this year, but struggled in these kinds of matches.

Prediction: Jankovic to beat Kerber in 2 tight sets

2. Agnieszka Radwanska v Simona Halep (WTA Doha, 2nd SF)

By all counts, Simona Halep delivered her best performance of 2014 so far as she showed the full repertoire she possesses in a 6-2 6-0 thumping of Sara Errani.  She now takes on Agnieszka Radwanska, in what I believe is a heavily anticipated match-up between two of most tactically astute players on tour.  Halep won their last match-up in Rome, but away from the clay where Radwanska is certainly not at the best, I think this match will go right down to the wire.

Prediction: Radwanska to beat Halep in 3 sets

3. Ernests Gulbis v Tomas Berdych (ATP Rotterdam, 1st SF)

This has been a fantastic week for Ernests Gulbis, who backed up his excellent win over Grigor Dimitrov in the 2nd round with another confident straight sets win over Juan Martin del Potro.  He now takes on Tomas Berdych, who defeated Jerzy Janowicz in three sets.  Twitter was lively after what sounded like an interesting first set tiebreak where neither player seemed to want to win.  Berdych leads the head-to-head by 3 wins to 2, but all their matches have been close.  Berdych has been solid, but Gulbis has looked sharper on this fast, indoor court and is my tip for the final.

Prediction: Gulbis to beat Berdych in 3 sets

4. Igor Sijsling v Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic maintained his stunning recent form with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Andy Murray.  I’ll admit that I was surprised by both the win and the scoreline.  Cilic now takes on an even more surprising semi-finalist, Igor Sijsling, who came past Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets.  Cilic is a man in form and the big favourite to reach the final.

Prediction: Cilic to beat Sijsling in 2 tight sets

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