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Saisai Zheng vs. Ajla Tomljanovic 2/1/19 WTA Tour Thailand Open Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Saisai Zheng vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
Date & Time Friday February 1, 2019, 1:00 AM (EST)
Location
True Arena Hua Hin
Hua Hin, Thailand
The Line
The Line: -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
Tennis
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Saisai Zheng and Ajla Tomljanovic meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Thailand Open.

Saisai Zheng is coming off a straight sets win over Irina Begu that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Zheng won 59 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Zheng won 53 percent of her total services points and produced seven breaks on 12 break points. Zheng has been very shaky with her serve this tournament, but she finds herself in the quarterfinals regardless and has produced 15 breaks in her last five sets. As long as Zheng can be that effective with her return, I guess it doesn’t matter what her serve looks like. Zheng hopes to win three matches in a single tournament for the third time in her last six tries. Zheng has won six of her last nine matches on hard court.

Ajla Tomljanovic is coming off a straight sets win over Kateryna Kozlova that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Tomljanovic won 76 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. Tomljanovic won 59 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on seven break points. Tomljanovic has had a hard time getting her first serve in play through her first two matches, but she’s dominated her serve when she has, and she’s won all four sets this tournament. If Tomljanovic can bump up her first serve in play percentage even a little bit, she’d improve her chances of advancing greatly. Tomljanovic has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since Seoul back in September. Tomljanovic has split her last eight matches on hard court.   

There’s no previous matches between these two players.

This is likely going to be a tight match with a ton of breaks given the way both players have had issues with their serve up to this point. And while Zheng has been a beast with the return, I’d say Tomljanovic has been the better and more consistent player up to this point. Tomljanovic has had less errors and has been more effective with her serve, which is key in a match like this one.

It’s a toss-up, but the slight edge goes to the Aussie.

Pick:
Ajla Tomljanovic

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