2024 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix SATURDAY SCHEDULE and PREVIEW including Iga SWIATEK – Elena RYBAKINA for a spot in the final

Saturday, 20 April 2024 at 00:00
On Saturday, the semifinals of the WTA 500 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart will take place, with 2-time champion Iga Swiatek facing Elena Rybakina for the second time this season, while Marketa Vondrousova will face Marta Kostyuk
Swiatek and Rybakina are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the WTA Race and will play their sixth encounter and second of the season. Rybakina leads the head-to-head 3-2, but the last time they met was a victory for the Polish player in the final of the Doha Open in February 2024 by 7-6(8), 6-2, where Swiatek secured her first title of the season.
However, they have only faced each other once on clay so far, a year ago in the quarterfinals of the Rome Open. In an exciting and evenly matched encounter, the Polish player was forced to retire in the third set when the score was 6-2, 6-7(3), 2-2, allowing Rybakina to advance to the semifinals and subsequently claim her second WTA 1000 title.
The second match of the day will be led by former Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova, who is gradually improving her results and is coming off an incredible victory over 3-time finalist Aryna Sabalenka by 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. The Czech player ended a streak of four consecutive losses against the Belarusian and narrowed the head-to-head record to 3-4, as well as reaching the semifinals of a tournament for the first time since her title at the 2023 Wimbledon.
Facing Vondrousova will be the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk (No. 27), who had an epic victory against Coco Gauff, winning 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. Kostyuk had previously surprised Chinese player Qinwen Zheng (No. 5) by saving several match points, and she continues to be in a great moment of her career. Kostyuk remains in the top 10 of the WTA race and secured her best WTA ranking by entering the top 25 for the first time in her career.
Starting at 12:00 PM
Hao-Ching Chan TPE Veronika Kudermetova vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA Shuai Zhang CHN
Not before 2:00 PM
Iga Swiatek POL vs Elena Rybakina KAZ
Not before 4:00 PM
M. Kostyuk vs[6] Marketa Vondrousova CZE

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