Looking for the latest 2019 China Open semi-finals predictions that will be played on Saturday, October 5? Here’s Ash Barty v Kiki Bertens & Naomi Osaka v Caroline Wozniacki tips, previews and predictions for these third round matches.Get the best odds for the WTA China Open 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Ash Barty v Kiki Bertens Predictions & Preview
Ash Barty and Kiki Bertens will play for the fifth time in their careers tomorrow. The match-up between the pair has been completely one-sided up until now. Barty has won all four of their previous meetings, all on hard court too.
Two of their four clashes have come this year itself; and while Barty has won all of them, Bertens has given her a good fight.
Barty has had an amazing season this time around. She won her very first Premier Mandatory title on the WTA tour, capturing the Miami Open. She beat three top 10 players en route to her title, which also pushed her into the top 10 in the world.
The best moment of her career came at Roland Garros, capturing her first singles’ Grand Slam. She lost only two sets in the entire event, and just four games in the final. The title jumped her ranking to No. 2 in the world. She followed this with the title at the Birmingham Classic to rise to world No. 1 ranking.
Bertens has had a mixed season, which saw her win her maiden Premier Mandatory title at the Madrid Open. She beat four former Grand Slam champions at Madrid to win the title, having beaten Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens, Jelena Ostapenko and finally Simona Halep.
What’s more, she also managed to win the title without dropping a set, making her the first woman to do so. This also propelled her to the best career ranking of world No. 4.
The Dutchwoman’s form has dropped off significantly in recent months, with her last good run coming at the Palermo Open where she reached the final in July. She will be looking to get back to her best again in the final part of the season.
Barty will enter the match as the favourite. She has not only had a great season, she has also won all four of their previous meetings, all on hard. However, writing Bertens off before the match even starts would be a mistake.
She has given Barty a tough fight in the two matches they played this year. She is also looking to qualify for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen and will be determined to pull off her first win over Barty, who has already qualified. You can expect a tight match and a good spectacle.
Tip: Barty to win in three sets: 3/1 with Unibet
Caroline Wozniacki v Naomi Osaka Predictions & Preview
Osaka and Wozniacki have met twice in their careers. Wozniacki has won both encounters, in straight sets as well. It should however be noted that the pair last played in 2017, and Osaka has improved dramatically since then.
Wozniacki has not had a good season, with the Dane making just one final appearance at the Volvo Car Open at Charleston, where she lost to Madison Keys. Her game has suffered and her showing has pulled her down in the rankings to world No. 19.
She will be hoping to continue the good form she has shown at this event and end the season on a high. She will take some encouragement from the fact that Osaka has never beaten her.
Osaka has enjoyed a solid season after having a great start by winning the Australian Open. While many expected her to win more Slams throughout the year, she has not been able to do so. She has been solid, if not at her very best throughout the season.
She also won the Tokyo Open a couple of weeks back and is confident and in good touch. She will certainly do her best to win her first match against Wozniacki.
Although Osaka has never beaten Wozniacki, she will definitely be the firm favourite on Saturday. She has been looking good in the last month or so and in fact, through the season.
On the other hand, Wozniacki has had a forgettable season up until now, but will take heart from the fact that she has never lost to Osaka. It is safe to expect some fireworks when these two take to the court and a three-setter could be in the offing.
Tip: Osaka to win in three sets: 7/2 with Unibet