Interesting semifinal between two of the WTA rising stars and I think it will be though encounter. Both players are in good shape and form and not much separats them in stats from recent month.
Svitolina is 7-3 with a SF in Bogota last week. Schmiedlova as well, she is currently on a 10 matches winning streak, lifting the title in Katowice last week defeating Giorgi in the final.
Svitolina is slightly favorite for this match but I don’t think that Svitolina has been playing as “good” as she can. Yesterday she won first set 6-0 vs Knapp but was 5-1 down in second set before loosing it 3-6, and was down in third as well before turning things around. I actually think Schmiedlova have a great chance to make her second final in two weeks.
Last time they met was in 2013 on hard courts – going 21 games. I think todays encounter will be decided in two tight sets or a deciding one. I can’t see Svitolina crushing in two sets – she will probably come out strong but will she be able to maintain – probably not..
As Schmiedlova will have a strong state of mind from her recent form and matches : she is 20-5 on clay past 12 months and 9-1 on clay in recent 10 matches. With a Final in Rio and recent winning Katowice. She was also the runner-up in 2012 Junior French Open.
But we should not forget that Svitolina is a former Junior French Open champion (2010) and she is a fighter – but I can’t see her winning this in straight today without dropping her tennis and Schmiedlova should be flying from recent form.
I expect a lot of breaks and a match with two faces – as both players 2 recent matches have ended over the line I don’t think this one will be an exception I have a hard time separating the players today and I think we will see a 3 set battle.