Best value bets for WTA St. Petersburg semi-finals

João Mourato

Friday, February 1, 2019 7:40 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 7:40 PM UTC

The action continues at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. Find out our best value bets for this Saturday’s action at the Sibur Arena.

<h2><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check Sabalenka - Bertens Betting Odds">Aryna Sabalenka (4) vs. Kiki Bertens (2)</a></h2><p>Aryna Sabalenka remained on course for second WTA title of the year with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova in the quarter-finals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. The 20-year-old struggled to find her rhythm but Alexandrova came up short on the key points in a performance that saw her commit 11 double faults and lose four service games to Sabalenka. On the other hand, the Belarusian is now the main contender to lift the trophy in St. Petersburg after Petra Kvitova’s surprising defeat to Donna Vekic in the previous round.</p><p>Sabalenka will now face the woman who eliminated her at the French Open last year – world No.8 and highest-seeded player remaining in St. Petersburg Kiki Bertens. The Dutch superstar advanced to the last four of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy after a 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 victory against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in one hour and 33 minutes. Bertens fired 31 winners, including five aces, and won 76.67% of the points behind her first serve to reach the semi-finals in St. Petersburg for the first time in three appearances.</p><p>This will be the third official meeting between these two players on the WTA Tour. Bertens leads 2-0 on their head-to-head with Sabalenka still searching for her first win against this opponent. Nevertheless, the Belarussian is playing the best tennis of her career with an astonishing 80% winning record over the last six months. Adding to this, the fast court conditions in St. Petersburg should benefit Aryna’s powerful game on this contest. With this in mind, our suggestions is to take Sabalenka’s moneyline <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Betway!">at 1.80 with Betway</a> as the best betting approach or this match.</p><p> </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check Vekic - Zvonareva Betting Odds">Donna Vekic (8) vs. Vera Zvonareva (WC)</a></h2><p>Donna Vekic pulled off the biggest victory of her career with a straight-sets win over defending champion Petra Kvitova in just 84 minutes. The two-time Wimbledon champion looked both mentally and physically exhausted, ending the match with six double faults and 42 unforced errors. On the other hand, Vekic converted five of her nine break points and won 45.16% of the points played on Kvitova’s serve. Regardless of this Saturday’s outcome, the 22-year-old is guaranteed to claim a new career-high ranking next week.</p><p>Vekic will next face Russian wildcard Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. The former world No.2 emerged victorious in an all-Russian matchup against Daria Kasatkina to reach the semi-finals at a Premier-level event or higher for the first time since the WTA Finals in Istanbul in 2011. Zvonareva is enjoying a dream run in St. Petersburg and is now just two wins away from becoming the first Russian player to lift the trophy at the Sibur Arena.</p><p>Looking now at the odds for this contest, Vekic is the favourite to reach the final <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">at 1.53 with Bet365</a>. Zvonareva and Vekic are both known for their outstanding return to serve and it’s rather unrealistic to expect any of these players will end the match without conceding their own service game. The crowd will be on the Zvonareva’s side and it may have a key role on this match. For that reason, the value is clearly on the Russian’s <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> at 2.50 <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill &amp; Start Playing Today!">with William Hill</a>.</p>
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