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Four women remain as the semifinals begin in Hertogenbosch. The semifinals are emblematic of how the ban on Russian and Belarusian players will wreak havoc upon our expectations for Wimbledon.  

Three of the four players in today’s semifinals will not be eligible to play in the most prestigious tournament of the year. However, this did not stop these players from showcasing their skills and dominating this week of grasscourt play.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the WTA odds of this exciting match between two Russian players to find another winning tennis pick.

Ekaterina Alexandrova vs. Veronika Kudermetova 

Saturday, June 11, 2022 – 05:05 AM EDT at Centre Court

Ekaterina Alexandrova Player Profile 

Ekaterina Alexandrova Accomplishments

  • She is a power player, who does her best on the quicker surfaces. She is excellent on indoor surfaces and excels on the grass as well. She is definitely one of the players who is majorly hurt in loss of ranking points and prize money from not being able to play in Wimbledon. 
  • Alexandrova dropped a set in her first-round match against Dayana Yastremska but won her next two matches in straight sets.
  • Her quarterfinal match was completely dominant as she defeated Caty McNally 6-0, 6-1. Alexandrova comes into this match in excellent form. 

Ekaterina Alexandrova's Playing Style and Stats

Ekaterina Alexandrova's preference for quicker surfaces was evidenced by her results on the clay-court swing. She was excellent in Charleston on the green clay, which plays quicker than the red clay in Europe. She then had her best result at Madrid, another clay-court that plays quickly. When the clay slowed down in Rome and at the French Open, she struggled to get wins. 

Ekaterina Alexandrova is 18-12 on the year. Alexandrova has a hold percentage of 74.4% with a break percentage of 30.7% on the year. For her career on grass, Alexandrova is 12-11. For her career on grass, Alexandrova has a hold percentage of 76.1% and a break percentage of 30.6%. 

Now on her preferred surface, she is back to her dominating form. But she faces a tough test today against another Russian player who can dial up even more power. She will face a familiar foe today in Veronika Kudermetova. 

Veronika Kudermetova Player Profile 

  • Veronika Kudermetova is a 25-year-old Russian player ranked 24th in the world.
  • She had an impressive run at the French Open, where she made the quarterfinals before falling to fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina. 
  • Veronika Kudermetova can hit the ball even harder than Ekaterina Alexandrova. Kudermetova has one of the most powerful serves on a tour, and her forehand is dominant even on the slower surfaces.  
  • Veronika Kudermetova can hit the ball even harder than Ekaterina Alexandrova. Kudermetova has one of the most powerful serves on a tour, and her forehand is dominant even on the slower surfaces.

Veronika Kudermetova's Playing Style and Stats

Kudermetova's elite level of power shines through even on slow clay, which is why I believe she has had more clay-court success than her opponent today.

Veronika Kudermetova had an impressive win in the quarterfinals over Belinda Bencic, who is very good on grass. Kudermetova made it look easy against the Swiss standout, winning 6-4, 6-2. Both players come into this match off excellent, dominating victories. 

Veronika Kudermetova is 23-12 on the year. Kudermetova has a hold percentage of 76.2% with a break percentage of 27.3% on the year. For her career on grass, Kudermetova is 10-8. For her career on grass, Kudermetova has a hold percentage of 74.6% and a break percentage of 28.8%

Alexandrova vs. Kudermetova Previous Matches 

Veronika Kudermetova and Ekaterina Alexandrova have played twice, both in 2019. Kudermetova was able to prevail both times. The first time was on clay, where Kudermetova definitely had the advantage and she won in straight sets.

The second time was in Wuhan, a faster hard court, where Kudermetova needed three sets to beat Alexandrova. Veronika Kudermetova definitely has the mental edge knowing that she has bested her opponent in the past. 

Alexandrova vs. Veronika Player Matchup 

Let's take a look at how these two women will match up when they take the court:  

  • Both players hit with power, but Veronika Kudermetova has the advantage when it comes to aggressive play
  • Both women have excellent serves, but Veronika Kudermetova has one of the best serves on tour. Once again, a slight advantage to Kudermetova  
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova does have the better court coverage, but in certain cases, the pace of the shots will be so high, that I'm not sure how often this will come into play 
  • Both women come into this match in excellent form so there is no advantage for either player here. This is dead even. 

Alexandrova vs. Kudermetova Betting Pick 

I like Veronika Kudermetova to once again get a win over her Russian rival. Kudermetova is slightly better at employing the style that both women prefer.  

With both women coming into the match in good form, Veronika Kudermetova's superior ability to play the power style of tennis will shine through.  

This has been a great tournament for Ekaterina Alexandrova, but her excellent run will end in the semifinals. Our best bet for today's match is Veronika Kudermetova ML. 

WTA Pick: Veronika Kudermetova ML (-109) with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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