Bernarda Pera vs Liudmilla Samsonova – WTA Cleveland. While nothing is guaranteed in WTA, this pick looks solid. Are you ready for the semi-final?
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BERNARDA PERA vs LIUDMILLA SAMSONOVA
In July, Bernarda Pera had her light switch moment. At Budapest, she came through qualifying to win the whole tournament. In fact, she managed to win all those matches in straight sets. A week later, Pera won Hamburg without giving up a single set.
Subsequently, the 27-year-old took two weeks off before reappearing at a W100 in Concord. Pera made the final of that tournament but was beaten by Coco Vandeweghe.
In the meantime, Bernarda reached won three matches in Cleveland, with Krejcikova and Kenin being the latest victims. For the record, that latest win against Kenin (6/2 5/7 6/3) needed three sets and 2:02 match time.
For the most part, Pera is finally delivering on her potential. Her first serve has improved, and she’s running the court well. In yesterday’s win, she banged down 7 aces (+6), and converted 5/8 break points!
Nevertheless, it was the final match of the day, meaning she had less time to recover. Also, she was made to fight harder than the odds suggested, and now she’s meeting another in-form player!
As for Liudmilla Samsonova, early season highlights include making the semi-final of Stuttgart. Following that her form tailed off before bouncing back to win the recent tournament in Washington!
The thing about the 23-year-old is when she’s hot she’s hot! Moreover, Samsonova is comfortable on all surfaces, and she actually has a better strike rate on hard compared to clay. PS – The opposite is true of her opponent.
To make a long story short, Samsonova picked up where she left off. Her three wins this week have all been in straight sets, with Linette being her last-round victim.
We believe Samsonova will be hard to stop! She’s got a bigger game than her opponent, and the surface suits her better. Furthermore, she’s spent less time on the court, and she’s only two matches away from the conclusion of this tournament!
BET: LIUDMILLA SAMSONOVA