WTA Bogota semi-final predictions including Osorio vs Pigossi

It’s the day of the semi-finals of the Bogota Open. It’s been a week full of surprises with new names making the most of a relatively weak field. As always, here at LWOT we will be giving predictions for both semifinals. But who will book a place in Sunday’s final?

WTA Bogota semi-final predictions

Tatiana Maria vs Camila Rakimova

face to face: first meeting

Tatiana Maria stormed into the main draw this week, losing on average 2.2 games per set through back-to-back victories over Maria Carly, Rebecca Peterson and Mirjam Björklund. An impressive set of results for the 34-year-old, especially when considering she was a few points away from defeat in the final round of qualifying as she beat Barbara Gatica in the third set tiebreak.

Kamila Rakhimova defied the odds this week after hitting Bogot√° on a 6-athlete loss streak dating back to early January. The Russian has demanded the third set in every win this week, her 6-2 3-6 7-5 win in the opening round over Alexandra Krunic, followed by a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win from a set and a. And crash in front of second seed Beatrice Haddad Maya. Rakhimova secured her place in the semi-finals with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Irina Barra.

I will stand by Rakhimova here. Maria has not yet been tested, and that will definitely change in this match. Rakhimova has had some tough matches this week against strong players on clay and looks set to reach the final.

Prediction: Rakhimova in 3
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Camila Osorio vs Laura Pegosi

face to face: first meeting

The stars line up with Camila Osorio this week. The top seed is the only seed left in the tournament, and the biggest threats have been eliminated at the start of the week. Osorio’s level has gradually improved this week, allowing her to extend her winning streak in Bogota to 8 matches. The 20-year-old was fortunate in the first round as she benefited from Jelena En Albon’s retirement with a 2-2 score in the third set. Osorio responded from this poor performance with a pair of consecutive victories, 6-3, 7-6 over Epek Oz and 6-1, 6-4 over Elena Avancesian.

Laura Pigossi was the big surprise of the week. The 27-year-old arrived in Bogota after never winning a major WTA draw match and is now in the semi-finals through the playoff draw. Pigossi scored the biggest win of her career in the quarter-finals, saving three match points in a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 victory over Dayana Yastremska. Pegosi also beat Harmony Tan 6-4 6-3 and Ekaterin Gorgodzi 6-3 6-2 in the main draw this week.

Osorio is clearly the favorite in this match. Pigossi has already achieved a lot more than anyone could have expected this week. Osorio is a class above and should get the job done. However, Pigossi has nothing to lose in this match and you will gain it all, always in a good position. All the pressure is on Osorio who will know that she is expected to win the title from here. The pressure can derail players in these situations, but I still think Osorio is coping.

Prediction: Osorio at 3

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