Today is another semi final match between Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber in Dubai Duty Free Championships. This is exactly the same matched up in the same court as we had witness last year's semi finals which Svitolina emerged as the victor. Could this be the same result or will Kerber get a sweet revenge from her last year's lost?
Elina Svitolina is playing as the top seed player as she is the current champion of the tournament. She is pretty much doing very good in the tournament so far as she was able to win over the wild card player from Japan, Naomi Osaka in a straight set yesterday(62-64) after having been challenged in a three-setter match by the Lucky Loser Qiang Wang from China (61,57,62)
On the other hand, No 6 seed Kerber, who performs very good. She easily manage to beat her three opponents, all in a straight setter including Karolina Pliskova who was the 3rd seed player of the tournament.
However, the Ukrainian player has a slight advantage on W/L percentage who have a 69%, 2% more than the German who W/L percentage which only at 67% although those number doesn't have affect much on the outcome of this match.
Their head-to-head shows that Svitolina is slightly better at 6-5 record. But they are 5-5 on the hard surface, the only thing that makes this on favor of Svitolina is that she had won the 4 most recent matches, 3 in hard surface and recently in clay surface.
The opening price of this match at BetOnline Sportsbook was at -150 for Kerber and +130 for Svitollina. Betfair Exchange betting trend shows that punters are putting their money on Kerber to win todays match.
Our take: Despite of punter opposing Elina Svitolina, the numbers shows that Ukrainian has a higher chance of winning the match. And this will not be an easy win for her.
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