The first round action at the Japan Women’s Open 2019 continues on Tuesday, September 10 and the remaining seeded players will be in action today. Get the latest Hsieh Su-wei v Risa Ozaki and Anastasia Potapova v Zoe Hives predictions and tips along with a couple of others.Get the best odds for Japan Women’s Open 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Anastasia Potapova v Zoe Hives Preview:
The 72nd ranked Potapova will be playing her second match against the Aussie Hives, having earlier featured in the qualifiers of the Brisbane Open earlier this year. Potapova was stretched to three sets in that match but won it in the end.
Potapova had gone on to qualify for that competition but lost her opener, but she came into her own at the Budapest Open later when she made the semi-final. A string of poor results was followed by the Jurmala Open in which she qualified for the semi-final yet again but an opening loss at the US Open means she has fallen a tad off her best ranking of 64th in the world.
Still, it’s not tough to see she will start a favourite against a 166th-ranked Hives whose best results came early in the season when she qualified for the second at Hobart and Australian Open. A finalist at an ITF tournament in Ashland has helped her rankings but she would do well to win a set off Potapova here.
Potapova v Hives Tip: Potapova to win in two sets: 11/10 (888Sport)
Hsieh Su-wei v Risa Ozaki Preview:
Top seeded Hasieh Su-Wei is an overwhelming favourite against local girl Risa Ozaki and the discrepancy in their rankings is a straightforward reason why. Hsieh is the top seed and a 28th-ranked player in the world, coming off a US Open series win-loss record of 5-4.
Ozaki, who was once ranked 70th in the world, has fallen to 291st, and has spent her entire season playing in the lower level competitions. This will be her first WTA competition and to her luck, she will be up against a player who has beaten her once earlier at the Indian Wells Open last year – winning that qualifier in straight sets.
Expecting it to be nearly a double-bagel or a double stick sort of a win for the top seed.
Hsieh v Osaki Tip: Under 17.5 games in the match: 11/10 (888Sport)
Tatjana Maria v Kurumi Nara Preview:
This will be the third match between Maria and Nara, but their last encounter came as far back as 2016. The one before that, their first meeting was in 2011 and both times, Maria won. Now, 79th in the world, Maria is grappling with an attempt to try and get back to her winning ways, having reached a career-high of 46th in the world.
Her opponent, Nara, is 27, and was once 32nd ranked and looking good. However, the fall in ranking has brought with draws in tournaments that have made it more difficult for her to make it further in competitions and this year Nara has been relegated to playing mostly at the lower levels.
Nara played at the Japan Open last year too and was sent packing in round one, a result that could well repeat.
Maria v Nara Tip: Maria to win: 11/18 (888Sport)
Christina McHale v Greet Minnen Preview:
This is a match of equals, where the 103rd-ranked McHale takes on the 120th-ranked Shimuzu, two players who have never played each other before this. McHale’s career looked like it was on a roll when she was ranked 24th in the world in 2012. However, since then, it’s been a tough grind and a slide down the rankings.
Minnen, on the other hand, might be 120th in the world, but is on an ascent – this is her best ranking, as was her quarter-final appearance on the grass courts of s-Hertogengbosch, which is also why we think she could hold an edge here.
McHale v Minnen Tip: Minnen to win: 11/8 (888Sport)