Daria Gavrilova vs Zhang Shuai
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
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Zhang Shuai will be playing Dayana Yastremska in the semifinal of the 2018 WTA Hong Kong Open.
Dayana Yastremska won her quarterfinal match in straight sets as she beat Kristina Kučová. It was a dominating win for Dayana Yastremska as she won 4 breakpoints while only losing 2 service games. Furthermore, Dayana Yastremska won important points during the tiebreaker. Dayana Yastremska has been in decent form leading up to this tournament as she performed well at the Connecticut Open, WTA 125 at Chicago and China Open. Having said all that, Dayana Yastremska lacks experience at this level as she is only 18 and has never made it into the final of a WTA final.
On the other side of the coin, Zhang Shuai won her quarterfinal match in ease as she beat Daria Gavrilova in straight sets. It was a dominant victory for Zhang Shuai as she only lost 4 games in the entire match. During the win, Zhang managed to break her opponents serve on 6 occasions while only losing 2 service games to set up a comfortable win. Zhang has been in really good form leading up to this tournament as she performed extremely well in recent events including the WTA Japan Open, WTA China Open, and WTA Wuhan Open. Zhang Shuai has a huge amount of experience playing in Asia as she has won 3 WTA titles in Asia. With a great record in this continent and good form leading into this match, Zhang Shuai will like her chances of winning this match.
This will be the first time that Zhang Shuai and Dayana Yastremska will play each other.
All in all, I am going to pick Zhang Shuai to win this match. Zhang Shuai has been in very good form and with the added experience of playing in Asia, I see her winning this fixture and making the final of the Hong Kong Open.