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Yastremska vs Bencic WTA Luxembourg Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Rising star, Yastremska seeks ninth straight win and consecutive WTA finals

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 19 Oct 2018
  • Dayana Yastremska vs Belinda Bencic is live from Luxembourg on Friday, 19 October from 6:30pm local time/ 5:30pm BST
  • First tour-level meeting between Yastremska and Bencic
Dayana Yastremska. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH/AFP/Getty Images)

Rising teenager, Dayana Yastremska seeks a ninth straight win when she takes on former world number seven, Belinda Bencic in the semi-finals of the Luxembourg Open on Friday.

Yastremska's sudden WTA surge has been a surprise, but she hasn’t exactly come out of nowhere. The Ukrainian had been moving through the lower tier ITF tour very quickly this season, cracking the top 100 in the middle of July, thus becoming the first player born in the 2000s to break that barrier. This year alone, she has won a 60K tournament in Rome, made finals in 100K meets in Cagnes-Sur-Mer and Ilkley, and a semi-final at another 100K event in Budapest. Even before her top 100 debut, Yastremska had already registered wins on the WTA Tour, beating Andrea Petkovic and Anna Kalinskaya to reach the quarter finals in Istanbul last year.

However, she had won just one tour-level, against Danielle Collins in New Haven 2018, between then and last week’s title-run in Hong Kong. Playing no-holds-barred, aggressive tennis, Yastremska powered through the Hong Kong field last week, dismantling the red-hot Qiang Wang 6-2 6-1 in the final to complete an outrageously good week without dropping a set, earning a new career-high ranking of 66 in the process. 

She made the quick dash across continents to Luxembourg, where she survived a tough opening round against Varvara Lepchenko, pulling off a 6-2 6-7 7-6 victory. The Ukrainian has since settled into her task, producing an immense performance to dismiss former world No. 1, Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-3 for her biggest career win. Yastremska continued in a similar vein in her quarter final against Margarita Gasparyan, beating the Russian 6-1 6-4. She has been unstoppable in the last couple of weeks, and will attempt to reach consecutive WTA finals when she takes on Belinda Bencic on Friday.


Like Yastremska, Bencic was also a teen prodigy, breaking into the top-ten as an 18-year-old in February 2016. However, her rise has been disrupted by several injury problems since then, and she was outside the top 300 as recently as September 2017, having missed almost six months through injury.

Belinda Bencic. (Photo by Di Yin/Getty Images)
Bencic made a strong return to the sport, winning the ITF 100K title in St. Petersburg in her first tournament back from injury. She reached the quarter finals in Linz in her first WTA tournament in six months, and rounded out the year on a 15-match winning streak, claiming the WTA 125K titles in Hua Hin and Taipei, and the ITF 100K tournament in Dubai. She finished the year ranked 74th in the world.

Bencic’s progress in 2018 has been slow and less dramatic, which is understandable given that she has spent most of the season competing on the WTA Tour, rather than the ITF level. Now ranked 47th in the world, the Swiss will be contesting her first semi-final of the season, with her previous best efforts being quarter finals in New Haven and Washington, and a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, where she beat Caroline Garcia, Alison Riske and Carla Suarez Navarro before falling to Angelique Kerber. 

She arrived Luxembourg on a poor run of form, having lost her previous six matches, but she came through three rounds of qualifying, and has beaten Arantxa Rus, Kirsten Flipkens and Vera Lapko, all in straight sets to reach her first WTA semi-final since June 2016.

Bencic and Yastremska have never met in a WTA main draw, but they did cross paths in New Haven qualifying earlier this year, with Yastremska winning 7-6 7-6. Bencic had earlier beaten the Ukrainian in their first career meeting in the 100K St. Petersburg final in 2017.

Bencic is top-ten quality, and she has been playing very well this week, but will her more measured approach withstand Yastremska's fearless first-strike tennis?

Dayana Yastremska vs Belinda Bencic is live from Luxembourg on Friday, 19 October from 6:30pm local time/ 5:30pm BST

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Yastremska vs Bencic WTA Luxembourg Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Rising star, Yastremska seeks ninth straight win and consecutive WTA finals

Rising WTA star, Dayana Yastremska takes on Belinda Bencic in the semi-finals of the Luxembourg Open on Friday. Will Yastremska pick up her ninth straight win? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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