Sara Sorribes Tormo vs Hsieh Su-wei
|Date & Time||Thursday January 3, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
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Taiwanese tennis player, Hsieh Su-wei has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Auckland Open in New Zealand where will face Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain.
Sara Sorribes Tormo had a solid match in the second round as she defeated Kirsten Flipkens in 3 sets. During the victory, Sara Sorribes Tormo impressed with her return game as she won 5 break points. The Spaniards receiving was particularly impressive in the third set as she won vital return games to secure victory. That being said, Sara Sorribes Tormo did not serve well as she allowed Flipkens to win 4 return games. The serving was especially poor for Tormo in the second set as she allowed Flipkens to win that set 6-1. Sara Sorribes Tormo will need to improve on her consistency if she wishes to win this match.
In contrast, Hsieh Su-wei was dominant in her second round match as she beat her opponent in straight sets. It was an all-round performance by Hsieh as won 4 break points while allowing her opponent to break only twice to ensure comfortable passage into the quarterfinals. Hsieh has looked very strong all tournament as she is yet to lose a set in this tournament. Hsieh has a very strong finish to the 2018 season and she seems to be picking up where her last campaign ended.
Hsieh Su-wei and Sara Sorribes Tormo have played twice in the past. In head-to-head matches, Hsieh Su-wei has an unbeaten record of 2-0. The most recent match between these two players was last season at WTA New Haven where Hsieh Su-wei won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Hsieh Su-wei to win this match. Hsieh is looking far stronger and she has an exceptional record against Tormo. With all these facts on her side, I see Hsieh Su-wei making it into the semi-finals of this tournament.