Keys vs Tatjana Maria
1st SF in Mallorca between Sofia Kenin from the USA and Tatjana Maria from Germany.
This is a battle between the experience and the aggression from the American lad. Sofia is 19 years old, but plays really good on faster courts. She made me impression with her performance in Miami against Kasatkina and Kvitova, where she played two three set matches, although she lost the one against the Czech. Her performance on clay was very bad with a lot of posses, but when she is back on faster surface like the grass, we can easily see the difference in her display in the court. Sofia started from the qualifications and has got 5 wins till now against players like Kuzmova, Kozlova, van Uytwanck and N1 seeded Caroline Garcia. She plays with a lot of speed from the baseline and I doubt Tatjana Maria will deal with her aggression so good.
Tatjana Maria is 30 years old and her season till now is really awful. Before the start of this tournament in Mallorca she had 2 wins and 13 losses! A few weeks ago in Strasbourg she lost with the shameful result 6:0 6:0 against Nastya Pavlyuchenkova. If you see her results, she has maybe 5 or even more sets, lost to nill. Her SF in Mallorca is like a fresh air and she doesn't have to be underestimated here, cause she succeeded to eliminate Kontaveit and Lucie Safarova on her way. yeah, it happened in long three set matches, but she was the winner and that's what is important.
They have two matches during 2017 and both of them have one win- Maria won on hard courts, while Kenin a little bit later in the season on clay. tatjana Maria proved in Mallorca she is a fighter and will not give up easy, but I don't think she will be equal for a long time against Sofia Kenin. The young American can beat her badly from the bottom of the court with her aggressive style if Maria doesn't diversify her performance on the court tomorrow. Staying on the baseline against Kenin will mean only one thing and it's fast win for the USA player. My head tells me to think twice about Maria and maybe she is capable of playing better than expected and somehow to progress to the final, but I will go with my gut which speaks only one thing and it's a final for the American!
Keys vs Tatjana Maria prediction
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