Due to start at 10 am
Hibino 1.57, Schmiedlova 2.72
This will be their first meeting.
Slightly better overall results for Hibino this season. She leads 57% to 52% matches won in 2018. Recent form is also much better for her. She beat Bouchard in the last round in straight sets. Hard court results are also stronger this season.
Schmiedlova has won 3 of her last 10 hard court matches. She easily beat 202 ranked Radanovic in the last round which will certainly help her confidence. She reached the quarter finals in Hiroshima 2 weeks ago. She got through the first round there when Putintseva retired and came through a very scrappy match with Golubic in 3 sets.
I don’t think Hibino will run away with the match but have to go with her to win. Back Hibino above 1.85