Six matches are scheduled for the opening day of the main draw of the Tokyo 2022 WTA Pan Pacific Open, featuring a highly intriguing match between Claire Liu and Alison Riske-Amritraj. Who do you predict will succeed?
WTA Tokyo Day 1 Prediction
Xinyu Wang vs Ellen Perez
Ellen Perez recently had a nine-match losing drought, but she was able to snap it in Toronto and earn a spot in this competition. She only has one career WTA Tour main draw victory and performs far better in doubles than she does in singles. Prior to recently, Xinyu Wang had the ability to make a breakthrough, but she has been struggling and has only won one match since the grass season. It should still be the Chinese talent that wins, but it will probably be messier than it has to be.
Xiaodi You vs Despina Papamichail
Despina Papamichail and Xiaodi You are competing as qualifiers. The Greek ended her six-match losing record, and Xiaodi You defeated Carol Zhao in a competitive encounter. Both athletes now have victory rates for the season that are under 50%. It might be ugly, and it will probably be quite unpredictable. Who will toss the coin? It’s really difficult to say, but the Chinese likely hold a little advantage given that Papamichail has fared better on hard courts this year.
Prediction: You in 3
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Claire Liu vs Alison Riske-Amritraj
As the American was paired with Anastasia Potapova in the opening round of both the US Open and Portoroz, Claire Liu hasn’t won since Toronto. Is it simpler to sketch Alison Riske-Amritraj? If so, then just a little bit. The 32-year-old had a successful run in New York, and although her Asian swing started with a shock loss to Anastasia Gasanova in Chennai, she ought to do better now that she has had some time to acclimate. Liu is likely to be under a lot of pressure from Riske’s strong serve.
Prediction: Riske-Amritraj in 3
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