Rome Masters Semi-Finals: Can Sakkari Pull Off the Upset Against Pliskova?

João Mourato

Friday, May 17, 2019 11:56 PM UTC

Friday, May. 17, 2019 11:56 PM UTC

Join us while we go through the best value bets for this Saturday’s action at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-finals in Rome.

<div><h2>Karolina Pliskova (4) vs. Maria Sakkari (q)</h2><p><strong>Saturday, May 18, Rome</strong></p><p>Maria Sakkari’s dream run at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia continued on Friday as the Greek qualifier rallied from a set down to beat Kristina Mladenovic 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 in just over two hours. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a stellar start to the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/what-makes-clay-a-unique-surface-for-tennis-betting/89794/" target="_blank" title="What Makes Clay a Unique Surface for Tennis Betting?">clay-court season</a>, winning 11 of her last 12 matches on this surface – including her maiden career title in Rabat. Sakkari became the first qualifier to reach the semi-finals in Rome since Daria Gavrilova in 2015 and is guaranteed to climb to a new career-high ranking next week.</p><p>Sakkari will next take on former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova, who also recovered from a one-set deficit to edge out two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Pliskova fired 11 aces and won 73.77% of her first-serve points to claim the 500th match-win of her career. The 27-year-old Czech ended the match with 41 winners to 26 unforced errors in her best performance on this clay season.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;.&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/mariasakkari?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@mariasakkari&lt;/a&gt; completes the &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/InteBNLdItalia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@InteBNLdItalia&lt;/a&gt; semifinal lineup!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;She escapes Mladenovic, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 💪 &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/XQnL3r8oVG\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/XQnL3r8oVG&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— WTA (@WTA) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WTA/status/1129472541653733377?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;17 de maio de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>This will be the second official meeting between these two players with Sakkari emerging victorious in their previous encounter in Rome last year.</p><p>Despite Maria’s lead on their head-to-head, Pliskova is the favourite to win this match at 57/100 (1.57) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill &amp; Start Playing Today!">William Hill</a>. The Czech is always a very dangerous player and her serve is considered one of the best in the history of women’s tennis. Nevertheless, Sakkari is an outstanding clay-court player and has weapons to bother Pliskova on this surface. Adding to this, the Greek already defeated some of the most powerful players on the tour such as Petra Kvitova and Anett Kontaveit. With this in mind, the value is clearly on Maria’s <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> to win this match at 3/2 (2.50) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Betfair</a>. For those who are looking a safer option, Sakkari’s +1.5 Set Handicap at 59/100 (1.59) with <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a> is also a very interesting approach for this contest.</p></div>
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