Strycova vs Rybarikova
1st SF match in Birmingham between Barbora Strycova and Magdalena Rybarikova.
Both of these players are so experienced and they also play excellent on grass. They are right handed, but with different style and height. The Slovakian player is very tall, has good 1st serve, but what's strange in her game are the drop shots and slices she uses in most part of the match. It doesn't look so hard to defend against this style, but most of the balls are so low with almost no bouncing from the court and some of them can be absolutely deadly for her opponent. It's really winning style for grass courts, maybe that's the biggest reason for her perfect results on grass during the last seasons.
Strycova also performs good on grass and is even the slight favorite to win this match. She is not very high, but hits the ball with a lot of speed when has the chance to do it and moves well on the court. I think it's obvious before the start of the match she will be moving a lot today with all of the slices she will face by her opponent.
It looks like a lottery to point who will win the match- Strycova is my favorite here to win, she beat Tsurenko and Muguruza on her way to the SF, but Rybarikova..she eliminated players like Karolina Pliskova and Kristina Mladenovic. The Slovakian can not be underestimated here! H2H it's 3:1 for Strycova. It's really strange to me how such a good grass court players have only one match on this surface and it's 5 years ago in Wimbledon 2013. Strycova won it in three sets, but that's not so important and the reason for my pick.
My pick is over 22.5 games in this match and I believe it has big chances to land. In the form they have on grass I can't see this match to finish with a straight set win for any of them. Strycova has ups and downs against Muguruza, Rybarikova also showed them against Mladenovic. I think it will finish 2:1 for Strycova, but we will see. If it really happens and there are three sets here, it's obvious over 22.5 games will land without problems. It means only 5 games to be won by the players who lost the set in all three sets. Also there is an option to land if somehow the match finishes in straight sets for one of the players. They have one match in Tokyo, which finished in two tiebreaks for Strycova, so it's also not impossible outcome. I still don't think there will be tiebreaks, but three sets are almost guaranteed for me..such an equal match can't finish that fast when both of them showed amazing displays on the court till now!
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Strycova vs Rybarikova prediction
|over 22.5 games||Bet365||2.19||9||0-2 WON (+10.71 units)|