Second-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova meets seventh-seeded Tatjana Maria in the semifinals of the 2022 Korea Open on Saturday, September 24. and tips here.
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Ekaterina Alexandrova against Tatyana Maria head to head
This will be their first meeting on the WTA Tour.
Alexandrova looks sharp
World No. 24 Ekaterina Alexandrova will compete in her fourth WTA semifinal in 2022.
The last time she was in such a round was at the 2022 Rosmalen Championships where she won the title by defeating Aryna Sabalenka in the final. Her other two instances came in the big ticket events at the Madrid Open (as a qualifier) and Charleston Open.
In these two tournaments, Ekaterina fielded a handful of well-known players such as Jelena Ostapenko, Karolina Pliskova and Amanda Anisimova. At the same time, there were many cases when she did not quite manage to survive the first rounds.
Here in Seoul, number two started with a bumpy three-set win over Asia Muhammad. She then picked up the pace with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Na-Iae Han and a 7-5, 7-6(8) win over Lulu Sun. She is now 30-16.
Admittedly, Alexandrova hasn’t been at her best this week and as such Maria is well positioned to cause an upset.
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Maria, hard at work
Since turning pro in 2006, Tatjana Maria is set to deliver her best season of her career this year. She’s already 44-24 and looking good to surpass her previous best result of 43-30 in 2017.
What makes this even more impressive is that she is playing this type of tennis at the age of 35. She is the current number 80 in the world and the most experienced player on the field.
She started this week in Seoul with a hard-fought win over Eugenie Bouchard, a former top 10 player. Tatjana won this match 7:6 (5), 7:6 (5) and was followed by an easy 6:0, 6:3 win over Kimberly Birrell. Then in the quarterfinals, she maintained the same rhythm with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Lin Zhu.
The German started the season outside of the top 250 but made it this far thanks to his exceptional endurance.
Her highlights include an ITF title in the USA, a WTA title at the Copa Colsanitas and the semi-final result at Wimbledon, where she defeated the likes of Maria Sakkari, Ostapenko and Sorana Cirstea.
Alexandrova v Maria prediction and tip
This is going to be an exciting affair. Alexandrova has the advantage of being fit and young while Maria has experience. The game can swing in either direction.
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