2017 champion Donna Vekic faces Tatjana Maria, and top seed Caroline Garcia will play Jennifer Brady for the fourth time this year, in the Nature Valley Open semifinals on Saturday.
WTA Staff
June 14, 2019

CENTRE COURT -- 12:00 noon start
[9] Tatjana MARIA (GER) vs. [2] Donna VEKIC (CRO)
[1] Caroline GARCIA (FRA) vs. Jennifer BRADY (USA)

COURT 2 -- 11:00 am start
Ellen PEREZ (AUS) / Arina RODIONOVA (AUS) vs. Xenia KNOLL (SUI) / Vera LAPKO (BLR)
Monica NICULESCU (ROU) / Elena-Gabriela RUSE (ROU) vs. Alexa GUARACHI (CHI) / Erin ROUTLIFFE (NZL)
After suitable rest
Desirae KRAWCZYK (USA) / Giuliana OLMOS (MEX) vs. Niculescu/Ruse or Guarachi/Routliffe

MATCH POINTS

Donna Vekic has won her only prior encounter with Tatjana Maria in straight sets, which came in the first round of Hobart in 2018. Vekic, the 2017 Nature Valley Open champion, has improved her tournament record to 11-2 after her three wins this week. Her 11 match-wins at the event is the most of any player who was in this year's field.

Read more: 'Thankfully, I adapted quickly': Vekic squeezes past Mladenovic in two-surface Nottingham QF

Maria, one of the active mothers on tour, claimed her first WTA singles title last year, on grass, in Mallorca. Her best Grand Slam result also came on grass: a third-round showing at Wimbledon in 2015.

Read more: Brady sinks Sakkari to reach Nottingham semis

Jennifer Brady takes a 3-2 head-to-head lead into her match with top seed Caroline Garcia. Garcia won their first two matches, but Brady has dominated their rivalry in 2019, winning all three of their meetings this year.

Read more: 'I was ready for a fight and I definitely got it': Garcia gets past Ruse in Nottingham

Garcia has won six WTA singles titles, one of which came on grass, at Mallorca in 2016. Brady is seeking a spot in her first-ever WTA singles final.