Su-Wei Hsieh vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
|Date & Time||Saturday September 22, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Digi Sport 3
Ajla Tomljanovic and Su-Wei Hsieh meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Korea Open.
Ajla Tomljanovic is coming off a three sets win over Mandy Minella that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Tomljanovic won 63 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Tomljanovic won 52 percent of her total servie points and produced eight breaks on 14 break points. Tomljanovic has managed to win service straight three set matches and has managed to come back being a set down twice. It hasn’t always been the prettiest tennis from Tomljanovic, but the Aussie has won 11 of her last 15 matches and has had a ton of success with her return this tournament. At this point, whatever works for the 25-year-old, as Tomljanovic has a chance to make a rare final appearance and finish the year on a high note. Tomljanovic hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and her third final appearance of her career. Tomljanovic has won five of her last six matches on hard court.
Su-Wei Hsieh is coming off a straight sets win over Ekaterina Alexandrova that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Hsieh won 78 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Hsieh won 69 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on eight break points. Hsieh has lost a combined four games in her last four sets and has been broken just three times this tournament. Hsieh has also won 16 of her last 19 sets, which is easily some of the most consistent tennis we’ve seen from the 32-year-old. As long as Hsieh continues to put pressure on her opponent with her serve, she has to like her chances to keep this hot streak going. Hsieh hopes to make her second final appearance of the season and her fourth career final appearance. Hsieh has won eight straight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Hiroshima of this year, a match Hsieh won in three sets. The match took 24 games to be decided.
Both of these players enter this match playing at a high level and haven’t done much losing recently. However, Hsieh has been serving out of her mind recently and has been the more consistent player over the last month or so if you want to split hairs. Hsieh is making it tough for her opponent to win games, let alone a set. It’s tough to bet against the hot hand right now.
I like Hsieh to make back-to-back final appearances.