Former French Open quarterfinalist and World No. 67 Sorana Cirstea will face the Ukrainian and 85th-ranked Marta Kostyuk in the semifinals of the 2021 WTA Istanbul Open on Saturday, April 24. Get the live streaming options of this Sorana Cirstea v Marta Kostyuk match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sorana Cirstea v Marta Kostyuk Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Cirstea and Kostyuk before this match in Istanbul.
Fortunate Cirstea Makes Semis
Cirstea, a former Roland Garros quarterfinalist, was extremely fortunate to reach the semifinals in Istanbul as her quarterfinal opponent Fiona Ferro of France pulled out of the contest due to an injury.
Cirstea, who is known for her beauty in the tennis world, was out of the blocks rather quickly as she cruised through the opening set, winning it 6-4 before Ferro withdrew from the match.
The Romanian is quite popular among the fans. In fact, her powerful groundstrokes from the baseline and the deft touch at the net makes her one of the finest exponents of both styles of play. While, she is a solid volleyer, Cirstea is also a superb shotmaker from the back court. Simply put, when she is on song, she can beat players from the baseline and even at the net.
However, Cirstea has struggled with her form in recent days. But, somehow she has managed to win three matches here in Turkey and would look to continue her good work against Kostyuk on Saturday.
Cirstea, who has often blown hot and cold in the past, will have to contain her nature, if she has to make further progress in the tournament. But for that to happen, she will have to stay calm all through her match against Kostyuk.
Kostyuk Outclasses Konjuh
Unlike Cirstea, who got lucky due to her opponent’s withdrawal from their clash in the quarters, Kostyuk played a great match against Ana Konjuh of Croatia to book her spot in the last 4 of the tournament.
The Ukrainian made a fine start against Konjuh as she took the first set 7-5, but suffered a minor blip in the second and eventually, the match moved to a third set. In the deciding set, Kostyuk quickly gained control before winning the set and the match with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 scoreline.
Kostyuk, who has made rapid strides on the women’s circuit in 2021, was a finalist in Abu Dhabi, where she was defeated by Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets.
Can the World No. 85 maintain her great form and put up a similar show in the semifinals against Cirstea?
Cirstea v Kostyuk Prediction and Tip
An intriguing battle between Cirstea and Kostyuk is in the offing, but it will be Kostyuk, who will be the slight favourite in this match, even though, she is ranked 18 places below the Romanian in the WTA rankings.
Undoubtedly, Cirstea hits more winners as compared to Kostyuk, but she also makes far more mistakes on the court. Surely, Cirstea’s inability to control unforced errors from her racquet, would prove to be the deciding factor in this match.
Tip: Kostyuk to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)