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Predictions for the WTA Berlin quarter-finals including Pliskova vs Gauff

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The WTA 500 in Berlin is down to its final eight players, producing some very exciting quarter-final matches. As one of the two biggest events in the preparation for Wimbledon, the players all want the momentum to come into the Slam. As always, at LWOT, we will preview and predict every match. Who will go to the semi-finals?

WTA Berlin quarter-final predictions

Ons Jabeur vs Aliaksandra Sasnovitch

Head to head: Jabeur 2-0 Sasnovitch

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After igniting in the first round of Roland Garros, Jabeur has reset and has looked great in Berlin so far. The Tunisian beat the dangerous Karolina Muchova in straight sets and didn’t stumble against young Alycia Parks either. Sasnovich, one of two unseeded players in the quarter-finals, took advantage of Garbine Muguruza’s early exit. The Belarusian is in her first quarter-final on grass after her victories over Anastasia Gasanova and Andrea Petkovic. Jabeur had to come back from a set in her two previous main round wins over Sasnovich, only beating her in straight sets in 2011 at Junior Roland Garros. Although Sasnovich has troubled Jabeur in the past, I think the top seed will pull through.
Prediction: Jabeur in 3

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Maria Sakkari

Head-to-head: Kasatkina 4-0 Sakkari

Kasatkina’s variety means that despite being primarily a defensive player, she is effective on the grass. The 25-year-old has a Wimbledon quarter-final and a Birmingham final under her belt. Kasatkina had to come back from a set down in her two matches in Berlin, beating Anhelina Kalinina and Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-1 in the third. Sakkari has struggled since the Indian Wells final, enduring a poor clay-court season. She won a few matches in Nottingham before losing to eventual champion Beatriz Haddad Maia and in Berlin the Greek beat Leolia Jeanjean and Daria Saville but is yet to score an impressive victory on grass. Kasatkina holds the head-to-head, winning all four previous encounters, including in Madrid earlier this year, and is also the best player on grass, making her the favourite.
Prediction: Kasatkina in 2

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Belinda Bencic vs. Veronika Kudermetova

Head-to-head: Bencic 4-4 Kudermetova

These two players have a long history between them since the Juniors, where Bencic beat Kudermetova in their three meetings in front of the pros. On the main tour, it was much more competitive between the two, splitting their first eight encounters 4-4. The match yielded its best hard-court battles, with the memorable Doha 2020 and Dubai 2021, as well as the Saint Petersburg meeting earlier this year. More importantly, Kudermetova beat Bencic in straight sets last week to bring their grass to head to head at 2-1. Bencic, the defending finalist here in Berlin, struggled in her opening two rounds, dropping sets to Anna Kalinskaya and Jule Niemeier. Kudermetova also dropped sets, but faced more impressive opposition in Aryna Sabalenka and Ludmilla Samsonova. As always, we should expect an entertaining game even though Kudermetova is the favorite for me this time around.
Prediction: Kudermetova in 3

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Coco Gauff

Head-to-head: Pliskova 1-0 Gauff

The most starred match of the quarter-finals, the old guard against the new. Pliskova, the reigning Wimbledon runner-up and owner of three WTA titles on grass, hasn’t been at her best since returning from injury in March, going 8-8 this season. She looked better on grass, however, beating Kaia Kanepi in the first round before winning an incredible third-set tiebreaker battle against Bianca Andreescu. Gauff took another step in her development by reaching her first slam final aged just 18 in Paris. The American enjoyed an easier draw than Pliskova, not dropping a set against Ann Li or Xinyu Wang. Pliskova has more experience on grass but Gauff has shown a higher level than Pliskova this season.
Prediction: Gauff in 2

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