Zheng Saisai vs. Alison Riske
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 11, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
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American tennis player, Alison Riske has made it into the second round of the 2019 WTA Zhengzhou Open in China. At this stage of the tournament, Riske is set to play against Zheng Saisai from China.
Zheng Saisai was very impressive in the previous round as she won her match in straight sets. The opening set was won via a tiebreaker but Zheng showed her class in the second set which she won 6-1. During the victory, Zheng Saisai won 80% of her service games and 4 return games. The receiving was especially impressive as Zheng won 50% of her receiving points. Playing on home soil, Zheng Saisai has received outstanding support but this is still expected to be a very tough match as she is playing against an elite opponent.
On the other side of the coin, Alison Riske won her match in 3 sets as she defeated Angelique Kerber. It was an extremely close contest which resulted in the final set being decided via a tiebreaker. During the win, Riske impressed with her receiving as she won 50% of her return points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 10 occasions. While the receiving was impressive, the serving had issues as Alison Riske lost 10 service games during the match. Alison Riske must improve her serve if she wishes to make a big impact in this tournament.
Zheng Saisai and Alison Riske have played each other 5 times in the past. Riske has won on 3 occasions while Zheng has won twice. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 in Osaka where Zheng Saisai won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Zheng Saisai to win this match. While Zheng is not as big a name as Alison Riske, the Chinese superstar looks in better form and I see her being boosted by the support of her home crowd. Zheng Saisai looked very solid in the opening round and I see her being good enough to win this match and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.