Donna Vekic (@1.47) vs Caroline Garcia (@2.7)
16-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Donna Vekic will win

Donna Vekic – Caroline Garcia Match Prediction | 16-09-2019 21:00

As a result, if this match is forced indoors, the American must surely be accounted the favourite. If, as will hopefully be the case, this match is able to played outdoors on the grass, however, Caroline Garcia will surely feel rather more confident. Jennifer Brady has a 3-1 record over the French top seed on hard courts, with all three wins having come this season. Brady lost her only grass-court match so far this season which came in the first round in Surbiton.

Near constant rain earlier in the week forced matches to be played on indoor hard courts rather than the outdoor grass that is usually used in Nottingham. Now with the rain having just about lifted, the stage is set for the semifinals. Just four women are left in contention at the Nottingham Open, after what has been a difficult week for the tournament organisers, players and fans alike. But who will reach the final?

In the past there has been little to separate the pair, but it is Vekic who has tasted success in Nottingham before and that should just give her the edge. Jennifer Brady really pushed Garcia hard in the last four, troubling the Frenchwoman with her big forehand in what was the top seeds first match on the grass this season. But with both now well-prepared despite this weeks inclement weather, it should be a closely fought and entertaining contest. Both players will benefit from having been embroiled in a three-set semifinal struggle on the Nottingham grass.

On the other side of the coin, Caroline Garcia enters this match following a poor Zhengzhou Open where she was eliminated in the opening round. Garcia was eliminated in the opening round at the US Open and things look very bad for her. Caroline Garcia seems to be lacking confidence and she is being beaten by players who are significantly lower ranking. Since the start of Wimbledon, Caroline Garcia has only won 3 matches. Garcia has not been playing well and that is evident by her recent results.

WTA Nottingham Open Final Prediction Donna Vekic vs Caroline Garcia

But if it is not, the 31-year-old German will have the advantage of having played a full match on the grass after defeating Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 7-6. Maria is unquestionably a wily competitor, but expect Vekic to have just enough to return to the Nottingham Open final for the second time in three years. The net-rushing Maria is a natural grass-courter, but she did look vulnerable to Tomljanovics lob, particularly in the second set, and that will surely be a tactic Vekic will look to employ.

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Therefore, it seems unlikely that this match will be decided inside two sets. That could work in Garcias favour, with Vekic, as mentioned above, having struggled somewhat in the crucial moments this week. The pair have met six times and neither has managed to carve out an advantage in the head-to-head, which is tied at three wins apiece. It is hard to separate them even by surface with both owning two victories apiece on hard-court and one on clay. Vekic won the latest battle on a hard court in Tokyo 2018, which was the only match in their rivalry which did not go the distance.

She can also surely draw confidence from having beaten her semifinal opponent Tatjana Maria in their only previous match, which came last season at the Hobart International. That would suggest that she will have the advantage if this match is forced indoors. Donna Vekics defensive abilities complemented her accurate serving against Kristina Mladenovic in the last eight. That was just the latest impressive performance from the Croatian, who was crowned champion in Nottingham two years ago.

Vekic has a very strong North American leg as she made the semifinals of the Silicon Valley Classic and defeated elite players like Madison Keys and Victoria Azarenka. Vekic was eventually eliminated by Belinda Bencic. Donna Vekic last played at the US Open where she was very impressive and made the quarterfinals. Vekic looked very solid throughout the tournament and won 8 out of the 11 sets that she played. Donna Vekic has a strong record in Asia and she has won the Malaysian Open.

Prediction

Garcia, though yet to play on grass so far this year, has a fine record on the surface in her career. Her combination of clean hitting from the back of the court and deft touch at the net makes her a formidable foe on a fast, slick grass court. Thus, whilst she was not at her best in the quarterfinals against Elena-Gabriela Ruse, the top seed should have enough to book her place in the final, which would be just her second of the year.