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WTA Berlin quarterfinal predictions including Pliskova vs Gauff

The WTA 500 in Berlin is down to its final eight players, producing some very exciting quarterfinal matchups. As one of the two biggest events in the run up to Wimbledon, every player wants the momentum that comes with the Slam. As always, here at LWOT we will preview and predict each match. Who will go to the semifinals?

Predictions for the quarterfinals of the WTA Berlin

Ons Jabeur vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Head-to-head: Jabeur 2-0 Sasnovich

After shining in the first round at Roland Garros, Jabeur has rebooted and is looking great in Berlin so far. The Tunisian defeated the dangerous Karolina Muchova in two sets and did not run into the young Alycia Parks either. Sasnovich, one of two unseeded players in the quarterfinals, took advantage of Garbine Muguruza’s early exit. The Belarusian is through to her first grass-court quarterfinal after wins over Anastasia Gasanova and Andrea Petkovic. Jabeur had to come back from a set against her in her two previous main tour victories over Sasnovich, only defeating her in straight sets in 2011 at the Junior Roland Garros. Even though Sasnovich has worried Jabeur in the past, I think the top seed will pull through.
Prediction: Jabeur at 3

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Maria Sakkari

Head-to-head: Kasatkina 4-0 Sakkari

Kasatkina’s variety means that, despite being primarily a defensive player, she is effective on grass. The 25-year-old has a Wimbledon quarter-final and Birmingham final under her belt. Kasatkina has had to come back from a set against her in her two Berlin matches, defeating Anhelina Kalinina and Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-1 in the third. Sakkari has struggled since the Indian Wells final, enduring a poor clay court season. She won a couple of matches in Nottingham before losing to eventual champion Beatrix Haddad Maia and in Berlin, the Greek beat Leolia Jeanjean and Daria Saville, but she was yet to pull off an impressive win on grass. Kasatkina owns the head-to-head, winning all four of their previous meetings, including in Madrid earlier this year, and she is also the top grass-court player, making her her favourite.
Prediction: Kasatkina at 2

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Belinda Bencic vs. Veronika Kudermetova

Head-to-head: Bencic 4-4 Kudermetova

These two players have a long history with each other going back to Juniors, where Bencic beat Kudermetova in all three of their meetings against the pros. On the main tour, he has been much more competitive between the two, splitting their first eight meetings 4-4. The matchup has produced its best hard-court battles, with the memorable Doha 2020 and Dubai 2021, as well as the St Petersburg meeting earlier this year. Most importantly, Kudermetova defeated Bencic in straight sets last week, taking them head-to-head 2-1. Bencic, a defending finalist here in Berlin, has struggled in her first two rounds, dropping sets to Anna Kalinskaya and Jule Niemeier. Kudermetova has also dropped sets, albeit against more impressive opposition in Aryna Sabalenka and Ludmilla Samsonova. As always, we should expect an entertaining match, although this time Kudermetova is the favorite for me.
Prediction: Kudermetova in 3

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Coco Gauff

Head-to-head: Pliskova 1-0 Gauff

The most stellar duel of the quarterfinals, the old guard against the new. Pliskova, the defending Wimbledon finalist and owner of three WTA grass-court titles, hasn’t been at her best since she returned from injury in March, going 8-8 this season. However, she has looked better on grass, outclassing Kaia Kanepi in the first round before winning an incredible third-set tie-break battle against Bianca Andreescu. Gauff has taken a new step in her development, reaching her first slam final at just 18 years old in Paris. The American enjoyed an easier draw than Pliskova, not dropping a set against Ann Li or Xinyu Wang. Pliskova is more experienced on grass, but Gauff has been showing a higher level than Pliskova this season.
Prediction: Gauff at 2

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