Due to start at 4 pm. Rain has delayed the start of the day’s matches as I write this.
Saisai Zheng 2.52, Alison Riske 1.64
Riske leads their previous matches 4-2. The last time they met was a year ago in Hiroshima. Zheng won on a hard court in straight sets. She has won their last 2 hard court matches.
Their 12 month results are pretty even. even. Riske has been a little better than Zheng in 2019. Hard court results are close but Zheng leads in the last 12 months and Riske has a small lead in 2019.
Riske had an excellent win over Angelique Kerber in the last round. There were 20 breaks of serve in that match, 10 for each player. Riske finally took the match in a 3rd set tie break.
Zheng beat Bibiana Schoofs in the last round. She won in straight sets but the opening set went to a tie break. She has not been in her best form since winning the title in San Jose in July on hard courts. She has an excellent record in Zhengzhou and is the defending champion. She also reached the semi finals in 2017.
This should be competitive. I have to favour Riske. Lay Riske if she breaks first. Back her around 1.90.
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