Ajla Tomljanović vs Mandy Minella
|Date & Time||Friday September 21, 2018, 1:30 AM (EDT)|
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Mandy Minella will be playing Ajla Tomljanović at the 2018 Pan Pacific in the quarterfinals stage of the tournament.
Ajla Tomljanović won her second round match in 3 sets after she lost her opening set. While the victory was impressive, Ajla Tomljanović had issues with her serving as she hit 6 double faults and had a first serve percentage of less than 65%. In addition to that, Ajla Tomljanović had her serve broken on 4 occasions. Ajla Tomljanović was lucky in her second-round victory because her opponent had her own serving issues and that allowed her to win but the Australian will know that she must improve if she wishes to win this match.
On the other side of the court, Mandy Minella enters this match having won her second round match in straight sets. Minella was dominant in that victory as she broke her opponents serve on 6 occasions to win with ease. Mandy Minella has won both of her matches in straight sets and that has ensured that she will be fresh and unfatigued for this match. Mandy Minella is very experienced having won 2 WTA titles in the past. With such a large amount of experience and some great form, Mandy Minella will be very hard to beat.
These two players have played once in the past on which occasion Mandy Minella won. That match was in 2012 and while the victory will give Minella confidence, it should not be very indicative since it was a long time ago.
While Ajla Tomljanović has developed greatly since her loss to Minella in 2012, I think she will lose again. Ajla Tomljanović has not been playing well considering her serving issues while Mandy Minella has been in top form. With such a large amount of experience and some incredible victories in this tournament, I think Mandy Minella will win.