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Amanda Anisimova vs. Shuai Zhang 2018 Japan Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

Game
Shuai Zhang vs. Amanda Anisimova
Date & Time Saturday September 15, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
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TV Channel
Tennis
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Amanda Anisimova and Shuai Zhang meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Japan Open.

Amanda Anisimova is coming off a straight sets win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Anisimova won 74 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Anisimova won 70 percent of her total service points and saved three of her four break points. Anisimova has yet to drop a set this tournament and has been broken just three times in her last three matches. As long as Anisimova can continue to serve the way she’s been serving, she gives herself a chance for a breakthrough moment. Anisimova is playing some of the best tennis of her young life at 17 years old, as she’s now won 11 of her last 14 matches you include qualifying. Anisimova has a chance to make her first ever WTA Final appearance. Anisimova has won each of her last six matches on hard court.

Shuai Zhang is coming off a straight sets win over Zarina Diyas that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Zhang won 72 percent of her first serve points and 52 percent of her second serve points. Zhang won 64 percent of her total service points and saved nine of her 11 break points. It was a really polished performance from Zhang and one that should give her confidence, as she beat a player who has really dominated this tournament over the years. Zhang has yet to drop a set this tournament, and it’s the first time since May in which she’s won at least three matches in a single event. Zhang has a chance to make her third career final appearance and the first since last years Guangzhou Open. Zhang has won four of her last six matches on hard court.

There’s no previous matches between these two players.

Anisimova has probably played better tennis in this tournament and is worth a strong look to win this match. However, Zhang just beat the favorite of this tournament rather easily and has far and away more experience in big matches. We can not forget Anisimova is only 17 years old, and once the quarters and semis pop up, it’s usually when nerves takeover and can bury young players. You have to have more confidence in Zhang to get the job done during the pressure points, which is always the difference in big matches.

I have to side with Zhang to make her third career final appearance.

Pick:
Shuai Zhang

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