Second-seeded Danka Kovinic faces an upbeat Kateryna Baindl in the semifinals of the Copa LP Chile on Saturday.

Fg9zE4cXkAI2qjw
Danka Kovinic (Twitter)

Danka Kovinic

The 27-year-old has reached her second consecutive semifinal. She came into the tournament on the back of a run to the semis in the Emilia-Romagna Open and has made it to the last-4 stage in Chile. However, the road has not been a smooth one for the experienced campaigner.

Kovinic began her campaign with a comfortable win against America’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets 6-0, 6-3. In the round of 16, Kovinic had to dig deep against Yuki Naito. After getting blown away in the first set, the Japanese athlete made a comeback and took the Montenegrin to the limit in the remaining two sets.

Kovinic eventually won the match 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4. In the quarterfinals, Kovinic had to show some great doggedness as she was given a great run for her money by the 18-year-old Diana Shnaider. The Russian youngster had a set point in the first set but couldn’t put the finishing touches. In the second set, she went ahead by 4-1 but Kovinic crawled back with all her experience and won the match 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Kateryna Baindl

The Ukrainian is one win away from reaching her second consecutive final. She entered the tournament on the back of a loss in the finals of an ITF event in Spain.

FYu 2RuWYAAdljB 1
Kateryna Baindl (Twitter)

Baindl has also had to work very hard to get to the semis. She began her campaign with a solid win against Rosa Vicens Mas in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. In the round of 16, Baindl ousted the fourth-seeded Tamara Zidansek in a three-set thriller. The match ended 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in favor of Baindl. World No. 138 faced No. 7 seed Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva in the quarterfinals. Baindl came back from a set down to win the match 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-3.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

The head-to-head scoreline currently stands at 3-2 in favor of Baindl. She won their last encounter in a WTA 125 event in Bucharest earlier this year in straight sets.

Prediction: Danka Kovinic to win in three sets.

More Tennis news

Follow our dedicated Tennis page for instant Tennis news and updates

CELEBRITIES

Taylor Swift

Zendaya

Travis Kelce

Timothée Chalamet

Tom Holland

Novak Djokovic

Michael Jordan

LeBron James

Tom Brady

Lewis Hamilton