WTA San Jose Semifinal Predictions Including Elise Mertens vs Daria Kasatkina

Danielle Collins in action at the WTA San Jose Classic.

After an enthralling week of tennis at the WTA San Jose Classic, we are down to the final four in California. All four players will no doubt be desperate to maintain their momentum ahead of Montreal, Cincinnati and New York. As ever, we here at LWOT will be offering our predictions for both semifinals. But who will reach the final?

WTA San Jose Semifinal Predictions

Elise Mertens vs Daria Kasatkina

Head-to-head: Kasatkina 2-1 Mertens

Elise Mertens has not quite developed into a contender for the sport’s biggest titles, but the Belgian is not to be underestimated. She underperformed at the Tokyo Olympics, losing in three sets to Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round, but that does not appear to have effected her performance so far at the WTA San Jose Classic where she has beaten former-world #10 Kristina Mladenovic and eighth seed Yulia Putintseva to reach the semifinals.

Daria Kasatkina, seeded fourth, has battled past Caroline Garcia and Magda Linette to book her place in the quarterfinals. The Russian has had a broadly impressive season and will also surely take confidence from having beaten Mertens in two of their three previous meetings,. That said, Mertens has played the better tennis this week and she has also been the more consistent performer over the past two seasons. She should have just about enough to get past Kasatkina.

Prediction: Mertens in 3
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Ana Konjuh vs Danielle Collins

Head-to-head: first meeting

It is hard not to root for Ana Konjuh, with the Croatian having made impressive strides in rebuilding her career after serious injury problems. She is still at her best on a clay court, but she has looked at home so far at the WTA San Jose Classic, coming through the qualifying with wins over Eri Hozumi and Robin Montgomery before beating Olympic silver medallist Marketa Vondrousova, Alison Riske and Zhang Shuai to reach her second semifinal of the season.

Danielle Collins has also impressed so far in California. The American arrived in San Jose fresh from winning the title at the WTA Palermo Open and she has maintained that impressive form so far in the US capital. In the first round, she dismissed Shelby Rogers and she backed that up by rallying past Sloane Stephens from a set down. In the quarterfinals, she edged out second seed Elena Rybakina. If she can continue to play at this level, she may also have too much for Konjuh.

Prediction: Collins in 3

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