Kerber vs Ostapenko / Wimbledon – The upper part of the women's competition at Wimbledon brought us semi-finals between A. Kerber from Germany and J. Ostapenko from Latvia. Both players have relatively easily celebrated over their opponents in the quarterfinals, so Kerber defeated D. Kasatkina, while Ostapenko overcame D. Cibulkova.
Kerber vs Ostapenko begins: 12.07.2018. – 14:00 CET
Kerber has expectedly achieved a good result this season at this season’s Wimbledon, given that she proved to be in a very good form this season thanks to which she has won 32 victories with 12 defeats. This player from Germany is the former first world player, and this result was achieved in mid-2016. Up to this year's Wimbledon this rating is somewhat worse, so Kerber is currently among the top ten players on the WTA rankings.
In her previous career, Kerber has managed to win 11 titles, one of which is this season from the tournament in Sydney, where she played the finals against A. Barty. As part of the preparations for Wimbledon, she has performed at the tournament in Eastbourne, where she reached the semi-finals but lost to C. Wozniacky. When it comes to a quarterfinal match against Kasatkina, Kerber was expected to be better, although in many moments she had problems with her service games. Kerber played very cautiously, so she made a small number of directly-won points, but she also made very little mistakes.
Although she had a negative ratio against Cibulkova, Ostapenko took advantage of the fast ground such as this one at Wimbledon and thus managed to inflict the first defeat to the Slovakian tennis player. However, the match did not go so easily for Ostapenko, given that Latvian has struggled a lot in the top five games of this match when she managed to gamble her advantage of 0:40. Cibulkova failed to take advantage of the bad start of Ostapenko because she was too passive in this match.
We can say that Ostapenko was deciding about 90% of the points in this match. By that we mean that she did not use any tactics nor built points, but played aggressively, so we could see a directly won point or unreasonable mistake. Cibulkova, on the other hand, had a lot of trouble with her service, which Ostapenko very easily returned to the court. How aggressively Ostapenko played is evidenced best by the point ratio of directly won points to 32:6.
Kerber vs Ostapenko PICK
Kerber and Ostapenko have so far had no opportunity to play together. Both players are Grand Slam champions, but Kerber has much more experience. Ostapenko plays too aggressive, and it is the game that best suits her, while on the other hand Kerber is a tennis player that can be phenomenally defensive. Given the much greater experience and the results achieved over the past period, Kerber can be considered a favourite, but Ostapenko should not be underestimated, especially when she has a good day.
Pick: Ostapenko +4.5 games
Odds: 1.56 at 10bet (down to 1.52 can be played)