Kristina Kucova vs. Dayana Yastremska
|Date & Time||Friday October 12, 2018, 1:00 AM (EDT)|
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Dayana Yastremska and Kristina Kucova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Hong Kong Open.
Dayana Yastremska is coming off a straight sets win over Saisai Zheng that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Yastremska won 57 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Yastremska won 56 percent of her total service points and produced six breaks on 14 break points. Yastremska has to be better with her serve if she hopes to continue this success, but she has been feisty with her return and has produced a combined 10 breaks in her last 10 matches. Yastremska also got 71 percent of her first serves in play in her last match, so the potential is there to improve. Yastremska has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since Budapest back in July. Yastremska has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Kristina Kucova is coming off a straight sets win over Viktoriya Tomova that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Kucova won 69 percent of her first serve points and 59 percent of her second serve points. Kucova won 65 percent of her total service points and broke on six of her nine break points. Kucova won the last 12 points of the match, which was easily the most dominant performance of the tournament and is the type of victory that is sure to give this 28-year-old a great deal of confidence. It can’t be noted enough, Kucova entered this tournament in some of the worst form a player can possible be in, which includes 20 losses in her last 27 matches when you include qualifying. Two wins in any tournament has to feel great for Kucova given her results over the last two years. Kucova hasn’t won three matches in a single tournament since Montreal back in 2016. Kucova has won three of her last four matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
You have to give Kucova credit for putting together two winning matches given the lack of success she’s had over the last couple of years. It’s been a brutal stretch, and that’s why I have to side with Yastremska. She’s been the far more consistent player and has been a beast with the return in her last two matches. Yastremska has also gotten a high percentage of her first serves in play, which suggests her percentages should improve across the board.
I’ll side with Yastremska to make the semifinals.