In a half with Svitolina, Sakkari, Keys, Kudermetova, Bencic, Kvitova, Jabeur, Rybakina, Vondrousova or Gauff, you would not have expected Barbora Krejcikova and Jil Teichmann to be your two semifinalists. But here they are, continuing their post-Pandemic upward trend. Both will move inside the top 50 for the first time in their careers next week, so there’s no reason not to be excited for today’s Dubai semifinal.
The fact that both are yet to lose a set this week only underpins that they are reaching new highs. After Petra Kvitova had to retire from her second round match against Teichmann (which cost us some profit), the Swiss established a new favorite scoreline as she beat both Ons Jabeur and Coco Gauff 6-3 6-3 to reach the semis.
Krejcikova hasn’t been less impressive. The Czech only lost 19 games in 4 matches and beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-2 yesterday. The young Russian might have still been impacted by a shot to the eye which she suffered in her doubles match and which also forced her to retire the day before. Yet that should take nothing away from Krejcikova as she was in control for the whole match, just as she was against Ostapenko and Kuznetsova in her previous rounds.
Nonetheless I’m a bit surprised that the books didn’t make this line closer. To me, there’s not much between Krejcikova and Teichmann and like I already mentioned in my preview against Kvitova, Teichmann’s added power really helps her game. The 23-year-old Swiss has an excellent game plan and knows exactly when to come in and attack. Just like her opponent, she’s super solid off both wings from the baseline. I don’t actually see Teichmann as the underdog in this matchup and considering she should be a bit more steady, I’m taking a shot on her to win and also on the match to go over 2.5 sets.
0.75u on Teichmann to win at 2.29 with Pinnacle
0.5u on Over 2.5 sets at 2.50 with bet365