Alison Riske vs. Sorana Cirstea
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 2, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)|
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Sorana Cirstea and Alison Riske meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Shenzhen Open.
Sorana Cirstea is coming off a straight sets win over Pauline Parmentier that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Cirstea won 70 percent of her first serve points and 74 percent of her second serve points. Cirstea won 71 percent of her total service points and managed to save her only break point. Cirstea has to really enjoy her serving success in her last match, and it’s a performance that can carry her even further in this tournament if she can repeat it. Cirstea entered this tournament losing six of her last eight matches, so these wins have to be great for the confidence. Cirstea has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since Beijing of 2017. Cirstea has split her last six matches on hard court.
Alison Riske is coming off a three sets win over Evgeniya Rodina that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Riske won 57 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Riske won a match despite winning just 54 percent of her total service points and being broken five times. Riske has now been broken seven times in this tournament and it’s something she just improve if she’s going to continue to advance. Of course, Riske lost eight of her previous 12 matches, so these wins are also good for her no matter how they come. Riske has a chance to win three straight matches in a single tournament for the first time since winning an ITF title in Surbiton back in June. Riske has lost six of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played five times and Cirstea has won four of those matches. The most recent meeting was in the 2018 US Open, a match Cirstea won in three sets. Three of the five meetings between these players have gone the distance.
Cirstea has gotten the better of Riske in four of their five meetings, which includes a match about four months ago. Riske hasn’t served well in her first two matches, and Cirstea was a serving machine in her last outing, even if you don’t think she can repeat such an effort.
This could be another close, long match, but you have to give Cirstea the edge based on the history.