Su-Wei Hsieh vs. Nao Hibino
|Date & Time||Thursday September 12, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
Regional Park Tennis Stadium
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Su-Wei Hsieh and Nao Hibino meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Japan Women's Open.
Su-Wei Hsieh is coming off a three sets win over Priscilla Hon that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Hsieh won 61 percent of her first serve points and 37 percent of her second serve points. Hsieh won 53 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 18 break points. Hsieh got 65 percent of her first serves in play and saved nine of her 17 break points. Hsieh has to be sharper with her serve and clean up the double faults if she’s going to make a run at the title this tournament. Hsieh has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since Miami. Hsieh has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
Nao Hibino is coming off a straight sets win over Zarina Diyas that took 12 games to decide. In the victory, Hibino won 74 percent of her first serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points. Hibino won 72 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her four break points. Hibino got 75 percent of her first serves in play, saved her only break point and only needed to play 45 minutes due to Diyas retiring early in the second set. Either way, Hibino has a shot here if she continues to get her first serve in play at a high percentage. Hibino has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since an ITF tournament in February. Hibino has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Hsieh won both meetings, including the most recent match in 2017 Auckland.
Hibino hasn’t had a whole lot of main tour success as of late and it’s going to be interesting if she can repeat her serving efforts. Hsieh is finding ways to win despite the silly unforced errors, and she has to be the favorite to win the tournament with the way things have opened up. Hsieh cruised by Hibino in previous meetings, and she wins this one without much trouble as long as she cleans up the errors.
I like Hsieh to make the semis in Japan.