By Ros Satar

  • Angelique Kerber [2] v Simona Halep [5]
  • Madison Keys [10] v Kristina Kucova [Q]
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MONTREAL, CANADA – The scene is set in Montreal for a showdown with old rivalries and one potential fairytale in the making.

 

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Angelique Kerber [2] v Simona Halep [5] – H2H: Halep leads 3-2

This time last year, Halep edged the German in the R16, and although the Romanian leads their head to head, Kerber has turned the tide in 2016. The pair have met twice this year in Fed Cup (clay) and on the green grass of SW 19 with Kerber coming out on top, so can she put aside continues concerns over the elbow injury she picked up in Bastad to keep that momentum going?

Halep has ruled their battles on the hard court and her comeback against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals showed she has the confidence to think that she can arrest the Kerber winning streak and give herself another shot at the Rogers Cup title, after having to retire last year in the final against Belinda Bencic.

Halep’s serving has been very sharp, and there is no denying Kerber’s ability to defend until the cows come home, so expect this to be a long three setter.

Prediction: Halep in three sets.

 

Madison Keys [10] v Kristina Kucova [Q] – First Meeting

Surely the spotlight has to fall on qualifier Kucova who halted British No. 1 Johanna Konta’s bid to break into the World’s Top 10, but with confidence and adrenalin this high – she will be looking for her seventh straight win as she looks to make her first WTA level final.

Standing in her way is Keys who has had a great year. She reached the Rome final and was many people’s ‘dark horse’ pick in the Wimbledon predictions, borne out by winning her second grass court title in the puddles on Birmingham.

Not surprisingly this is a first meeting for the pair, and maybe the element of the unknown will again count in Kucova’s favour. But perhaps as we saw for Konta, all good winning streaks, especially against quality opposition must come to an end.

Prediction: Keys in two sets.

The Coupe Rogers semi-finals begin at 1pm (6pm BST).

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