Caroline Wozniacki vs Angelique Kerber Tennis Prediction
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki rolls into her sixth Eastbourne semifinal after dispatching the new Nottingham champion Ashleigh Barty, 6-4 6-3, in an hour and 19 minutes. The Dane struck only eight winners, which included two aces, but thanks to Barty’s 29 unforced errors, it was a comfortable win in the end.
Wozniacki has a 2-3 record in Eastbourne semifinals. In 2009, she became the first and so far only Dane to ever lift a title at this tournament, defeating Virginia Razzano in the final. However, she fell to Karolina Pliskova in the championship match last year.
Wozniacki, who has never reached a grass final anywhere outside Eastbourne, became the seventh active player to win 50th career main draw matches on this surface, defeating home favorite and last year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Johanna Konta in the third round.
Prior to this week, the reigning Australian Open champion had reached just one semifinal after her slam triumph, at Doha in February (l. to eventual champion Kvitova). Wozniacki, going for her 30th win of the season, has a decent 5-4 record against top 20 players in 2018.
Angelique Kerber moves into the semifinal of Eastbourne for the third time by surviving first-time grass quarterfinalist Daria Kasatkina in the third set tiebreak. After taking the first set, 6-1, in 20 minutes, the German found herself 2-4 down in the deciding set, but pulls through in two hours and seven minutes.
Kerber has gone 2-0 in her previous semifinal appearances at this tournament but failed to become the first German to lift this trophy on both occasions, losing to Paszek in 2012 and Keys in 2014. The 2015 Birmingham champion is seeking her first grass final since 2016 Wimbledon (l. S. Williams).
The former world #1 has won 32 matches in this season so far, which is three more than her entire 2017 tally. She has gone 5-7 against top 10 opponents in 2018, including semifinal losses at Australian Open (l. Halep, had two match points) and Dubai (l. Svitolina).
Kerber, seeking her first top 10 win on grass since the 2016 Wimbledon final run (d. #5 Halep and #8 V. Williams), leads the head-to-head against the Dane by 8-6, including winning their only previous grass meeting at 2014 Eastbourne. Moreover, the German has gone 5-1 on Wozniacki in the later stages of tournaments (semifinals and finals).
Tennis Prediction: Angelique Kerber