The semi-finals at the 2019 Japan Women’s Open will be played on Saturday, September 14 with two Japanese players to take to court for the home fans as well. Get their Veronika Kudermetova v Misaki Doi & Nao Hibino v Mihaela Buzarnescu 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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Veronika Kudermetova v Misaki Doi Preview:
This will be the first time that the two, Kudermetova and Doi will be going head to head in a professional match. While the 48th-ranked, second seeded Kudermetova holds the edge in terms of her ranking against the 107th-ranked Doi, it must be worth remembering that the Japanese player is at home and will have the support of the locals.
She is also coming off a straight-set win over Sara Sorribes Tormo, after back to back three-setters – an indicator she is slowly coming into her own. Kudermetova has had quite a contrasting path, with her first two rounds getting done quickly enough before it was followed by a gritty win against Laura Siegemund. Siegemund came back from a set down to level the match but the Russian held out to a win.
This could be another fighting match, what with Kudermetova starting out a favourite (she is 1/2 to win this) but Doi having the speed to test her opposition and push her to the distance.
Kudermetova v Doi Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (888Sport)
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Nao Hibino v Mihaela Buzarnescu Preview:
The second Japanese player in action today is Nao Hibino, and she will be up against Mihaela Buzarnescu who is ranked 125th in the world – just 21 positions higher than her opponent. That is why this has a feel of a tough match unlike what the odds are suggesting with Buzarnescu at 11/17 to Hibino who starts off at 6/4.
It hasn’t been the best year for Hibino but in this tournament itself she has gotten past Zarina Diyas and Hsieh Su-wei, the latter being the top seed in the competition. While Diyas in the second set when she was trailing by a set, Hibino pounded the top Hsieh 6-4, 6-3 to make the semi-final.
It’s been worse for the 31-year-old Buzarnescu, who was 3-13 on win-loss on hard courts coming into this tournament. Since then, she has doubled the number of wins she has had on this surface but what comes as a bigger surprise is she is yet to drop a set.
Hibino v Buzarnescu Tip: Three sets in the match: 7/5 (888Sport)