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WTA Den Bosch quarterfinal predictions including Bencic vs Kudermetova

The quarterfinal matches have been set at the WTA Libema Open in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. Top seeds Aryna Sabalenka and Belinda Bencic are off to an impressive start to their campaigns, with both yet to drop a set. As throughout the week, we will be offering our predictions on the action of the day. So who will reserve their place in the semi-finals?

WTA Den Bosch Quarterfinal Predictions

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Alison Van Uytvanck

Head to head: Sabalenka 1 – 1 Van Uytvanck

Sabalenka seems to be starting her season on grass courts very well. Through his first two games, he lost only 10 games and he looks very strong this week. No doubt he will be aiming for a great run here given that he will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon in a few weeks.

Van Uytvanck also looked impressive this week, scoring a lopsided win over eighth-seeded Elise Mertens. The pair have split wins in their head-to-head clashes, with Van Uytvanck winning their only grass-court meeting in Mallorca in 2018. This should be a great matchup – both are in good form and can challenge each other on this surface. . I will give the advantage to Sabalenka as she looks good this week and no doubt she will be more motivated.
Prediction: Sabalenka in 3

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Ekaterina Alexandrova vs. Catherine McNally

Head to head: McNally 1 – 0 Alexandrova

This should be an excellent match. McNally put in a brilliant performance in qualifying before working her way through fourth-seeded Tamara Zidanšek. No doubt the American will confidently fly her at this point and she will enjoy another opportunity with an unseeded player.

Alexandrova dropped a set in her first round but looked comfortable in her win over the dangerous Anhelina Kalinina. The last and only time these two played was at the 2020 US Open, which McNally won in a tight three-set match. I can see this one going the distance again given that they are both finding superior form, and I think McNally will overtake another seed here.
Prediction: McNally at 3

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Shelby Rogers vs. Kirsten Flipkens

Head-to-head matches: Rogers 1 – 1 Flipkens

Shelby Rogers is another player who is striking beautifully on the pitch. Yet to drop a set, she has dropped just 12 games on her way to the quarterfinals. Her dominant 6-2, 6-4 win over third-seeded Elina Rybakina surely sent a message to the rest of the draw. She is always a difficult customer and can cause problems for anyone she comes up against, and she could be a competitor this week.

Flipkens is still going strong at 36 and destroyed Ann Li 6-1 6-1 on Thursday. Despite looking in good shape, I think Rogers will be too strong here. When she’s in a role, it’s very hard to stop her, and I’m not sure Flipkens can handle the intensity that comes from the other side of the net.
Prediction: Rogers at 2

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Belinda Bencic vs. Veronika Kudermetova

Head-to-head matches: Bencic 4 – 3 Kudermetova

Definitely the highlight of the day. Bencic hasn’t quite had it in her way this week, but she hasn’t dropped a set and continues to assert herself at the top of the WTA tour. This will be her eighth meeting with Kudermetova, and the pair have split wins on this surface.

Kudermetova looked to be in trouble against Anna Blinkova, but the Russian had to withdraw with injury in the second set. Kudermetova is a very solid player and is clearly capable of giving Bencic trouble, as implied by her tight head-to-head. I think Bencic is the favorite here: she is playing good tennis these days and she seems to be very comfortable on the grass. However, she should be close.
Prediction: Bencic in 3

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