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WTA Nottingham quarterfinal predictions, including Sakkari vs Haddad Maia

Day 5 at the WTA Nottingham Open 2022 will see all four singles quarterfinal matches played on Friday. The grass-court tournament, which takes place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, has been a WTA 250-level event since 2015. The first women’s edition of the Nottingham Open was held in 1971. The quarter-final line-up features some clashes intriguing, with the clash between María Sakkari and Beatriz Haddad Maia the featured contest.

WTA Nottingham Quarterfinal Predictions

Zhang Shuai vs. Tereza Martincova

Head to head: First meeting (Shuai won in the second qualifying round for the 2016 Australian Open)

Both players have advanced to the quarterfinals without dropping a set, although Tereza Martincova has faced a more challenging draw. The 27-year-old Czech defeated World No.85 Oceane Dodin in the first round, before eliminating 67th-ranked Magda Linette in the round of 16. and wild card Jodie Burrage.

Both have achieved good results on grass. Zhang reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2019 and was a finalist in Nottingham last year. Martincova made the quarterfinals at both Nottingham and Birmingham in 2021, before losing to eventual finalist Karolina Pliskova in the third round at Wimbledon. Despite failing to win a match during the clay court season, the confidence gained from her two impressive wins this week may help Martincova outclass her 33-year-old opponent.
Prediction: Martincova in 3

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Alison Riske vs. Harriet Dart

Head to head: First date

Alison Riske earned straight-set wins over Daria Snigur and Caroline Garcia to advance to the quarterfinals. Harriet Dart defeated former champion Donna Vekic in straight sets in the first round, before saving three match points to impressively outclass World No.26 Camila Giorgi in straight sets.

The American was a runner-up at this event in 2016, but also won a grass-court title at the Rosmalen Championships that year and reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2019. That pedigree and experience on the surface should give the player of 31-year-old a slight advantage, despite his 25-year-old opponent’s form at an event in his home country.
Prediction: Risk in 3

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Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Viktorija Golubic

Head to head: First meeting (Tomljanovic 2-0 at Challenger and ITF level)

Both players have picked up where they left off last year on grass courts, when they both reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Neither has dropped a set en route to this stage, with Ajla Tomljanovic beating Wang Xinyu and Katie Boulter.

Meanwhile, Viktorija Golubic outscored Emma Raducanu 4-3 in the opening set of the opening round before the Briton was forced to retire, before beating Heather Watson in the second round. Both 29-year-olds have shown her ability on this surface, but the Aussie’s extra play on her two solid wins could tip the scales in her favour.
Prediction: Tomljanovic in 3

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Maria Sakkari vs. Beatriz Haddad Maia

Head to head: Haddad Maia 1-0 Sakkari

Top seed Maria Sakkari defeated Camila Osorio in straight sets in the first round before beating Rebecca Marino in three sets in the last 16. The World No.5 committed 11 double faults in the last and is yet to win. three consecutive WTA matches on grass. of her in her career

Beatriz Haddad Maia defeated Wang Qiang in a tight three-set match in the first round before beating Lily Miyazaki in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals. The 26-year-old Brazilian beat Sakkari in three sets in their only meeting in Indian Wells this year. The power of the tall left foot could once again concern Sakkari on grass, but the Greek’s higher ceiling should give her the advantage with two wins under her belt.
Prediction: Sakkari in 3

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