By Anita Stahl
STANFORD, USA – Garbiñe Muguruza and Madison Keys headline the Bank of the West Classic semi-final in Stanford.
Garbiñe Muguruza  vs Madison Keys  H2H: 0-2
With two of the most powerful, aggressive, and athletic players meeting each other on one of the fastest courts, it will be an offensive race. Garbiñe Muguruza described Madison Keys’ game as characteristically similar to Ana Konjuh’s, defined by big shots and a big serve.
Keys does have a superficially big lead in the H2H, but it is not necessarily revealing. Last year they played a tight 7-6(5), 6-4 on clay in Rome and the only other time they met was in Cincininati, but that was in 2012. Although, even that was close with 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1.
Keys is looking forward to the match, telling press:
“I know it’s going to be competitive, and I know it’s going to be tough. That’s what I missed. That’s the fun of tennis and getting to compete.”
Keys is fully aware that she is playing with a certain degree of freedom just recently recovering from injury, while Muguruza is playing with additional pressure fresh off a Wimbledon win.
“It truly is no pressure and it really is just an amazing opportunity for me to go out and play good free tennis and that’s what I’m going to attempt to do, I make no promises. Honestly, I’m just really excited to go out and play in my first semi-final of the season.”
Prediction: Muguruza in three sets
Coco Vandeweghe  vs CiCi Bellis  H2H: First Meeting
The two young Californians bring very different approaches to their games. Amazingly, they have never even hit together on the practice courts. While Coco Vandeweghe is aggressive and brash, attacking with every chance she gets, CiCi Bellis counters with great speed and agility on the court. As a rule, the fast courts and flying balls at Stanford favour Vandeweghe’s approach, but Bellis has had success this week and found a way past Kvitova. If Bellis can frustrate Vandeweghe early and force mistakes, she has a good chance at a fairy tale run.
Prediction: Bellis in two sets
Vandeweghe & Bellis are scheduled on Stadium Court at 2pm (10pm BST) with Muguruza & Keys not before 7pm (3am BST, Sunday).
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