Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari meet in the German Open semi final on Saturday morning (10am, UK time).
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A personal milestone was achieved last time out as Maria Sakkari progressed to her maiden grass-court semi final following a comfortable win over Daria Kasatkina, 6-0, 6-3, during this outing she fired no fewer than 27 winners to only 16 unforced errors. Heading into her recent meeting with Kasatkina she was 0-3 in quarter finals on this surface while holding a 0-4 head-to-head record against the Russian, including losing in Madrid last month. Sakkari has looked strong all week but has won six times across her last six tournaments, a sharp contrast to 16 victories in the first three months of this year. Sakkari is also set to play her 12th semi final since 2021, more than anyone else, but has won just three of those. The native of Athens, though, has a 5-15 record in final-four matches, that being said Sakkari recently reached the finals St. Petersburg and Indian Wells, albeit finishing runner-up in both.
A repeat of their s-Hertogenbosch quarter final meeting looked to be on the cards as Veronika Kudermetova was in position to reach the German Open semi final at Belinda Bencic’s expense. Bencic, however, came back 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim a fifth success on grass-court this year. Bencic is now 7-1 at the German Open with five of those wins coming in three sets. A year ago Bencic reached the final but couldn’t get past Liudmila Samsonova. The 25-year-old Swiss began this week’s campaign with three-setters against Jule Niemeier and Anna Kalinskaya. The defending Olympic champion holds a modest 14-9 semi final record (4-1 on grass). Already this year she’s lost to Naomi Osaka in Miami — despite holding a set lead — but eliminated Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur for a maiden clay title in Charleston.