WTA Dubai Semifinals Top Tennis Pick: Strycova vs. Garcia

João Mourato

Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:31 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 9:31 PM GMT

It has been a surprising week at WTA Dubai, with all seeded players already out of this competition. Join us while we analyze the highest value tennis pick for the semifinals.

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Free Tennis Pick: Over 21.5 (-108)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Caroline Garcia
For the first time on her career, Caroline Garcia reaches the semifinals of a WTA Premier event, after beating Andrea Petkovic by 6 – 3 6 – 4. The French was close from elimination on her second round match against Carla Suarez Navarro, but managed to recover from a set and a break down against the Spaniard. Garcia’s forehand has been impressive this week and she’s always an extremely dangerous opponent; however, the French is also known for struggling to perform at a consistent level.

In our WTA Dubai quarterfinals top play, we selected Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to give a good fight to Ana Ivanovic, and the Czech surprised the former world no.1 with a straight sets victory. Barbora used all her shots variety to cut Ivanovic’s pace, not giving any rhythm to the Serbian on baseline rallies. Strycova’s numbers at the net were impressive, with the Czech winning 11/12 net points won. On the other hand, Barbora was extremely solid on defense, allowing Ivanovic to win only 5/13 points at the net.

This will be the 5th career contest between this pair, with Zahlavova Strycova leading the h2h by 3 – 1. Their last meeting was played earlier this year at the Australian Open, where Strycova emerged victorious in straight sets.

This should be a tremendous battle, with both players fighting for their first career appearance at a WTA Premier final. The two players have produced outstanding tennis throughout the week and a third set might be required to solve this contest. Garcia will be looking to overplay her opponent with her powerful groundstrokes, but Barbora’s defensive skills and changes of pace are always very effective against hard hitters. With this in mind, our suggestion for this match is to take advantage of the Over tennis odds, by adding it to your tennis picks

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