There should be plenty of entertaining action on the semi-final day at the WTA Luxembourg Open with two exciting matches on the slate. As always, here at LWOT we will offer our predictions for both matches, but who will book their place in Sunday’s final?
WTA Luxembourg Semifinal Predictions
Ludmilla Samsonova vs Jelena Ostapenko
Head to head: Ostapenko 1-0 Samsonova
Ludmilla Samsonova will no doubt hope to be more competitive than she was when this couple last met. That match came at the Australian Open 2020 in the first round, where Jelena Ostapenko scored a dominant 6-1 6-4 victory. Fortunately, the Russian has improved significantly in the meantime, and she is entering this match in the middle of a breakout season, which has seen her win her first touring title on the grass in Berlin and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
This week, she has stood for Misaki Doi, Oceane Dodin and top seed Belinda Bencic, all without losing a set. Jelena Ostapenko, meanwhile, has beaten Jule Niemeier, Arianne Hartono and Alize Cornet to reach her second semifinal of the season. But it is undoubtedly Samsonova who has played the better tennis, both this week and across this season. This should be a close match, but expect the Russian to be the player to reach the final.
Prediction: Samsonova in 3 Integrated from Getty Images
Marketa Vondrousova vs Clara Tauson
Head to head: First meeting
This has the prerequisites for another close match. Marketa Vondrousova may not have managed to take advantage of her run to the French Open final in 2019 – partly due to injuries – but the Czech is a formidable opponent when she’s singing. Alison Van Uytvanck, Jana Fett and Elise Mertens have all discovered just as much this week, losing to Vondrousova without winning a set between them. But Clara Tauson may well offer more resistance.
The Dane got her campaign in Luxembourg off to a dominant start with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Astra Sharma, which she backed up by fighting past fourth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets. She then rejected Marie Bouzkova to reach the semifinals. But this can be a task beyond the 18-year-old. If Vondrousova maintains the level she has shown so far at the WTA Luxembourg Open, she will be a very tough player to stop. Expect her to have too much for Tauson.