Thursday, 19 September 2013

Guangzhou and Seoul day 5: Possible all Chinese clash in Guangzhou

Guangzhou schedule:

Zheng Jie vs Vania King
Zhang Shuai vs. Yvonne Meusburger

Seoul schedule:

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Vera Dushevina
Su Jeong Jang vs. Lara Arruabarrena
Francesca Schiavone vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm
Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Match focus:

Zheng Jie vs. Vania King

Vania King fought her way through the talented youngster Puig, and showed that experience eventually trumps youth. These 2 players of Chinese descent will guarantee a familiar face in the final. Zheng also fought her way through the big hitting Robson, and shows that talent is nothing without hard work. The Chinese won their only encounter last year, and expect her to win this as well with the crowd behind her. Vania will be satisfied with her showing here, almost getting back into the top 100.

Zhang Shuai vs. Yvonne Meusburger

An all Chinese finals is very much possible with Zhang Shuai taking on Yvonne Meusburger. The crowd will be firmly behind their own countrywoman, but Meusburger is not one to be ignored. She has already accounted for Alize Cornet, who was in great form coming into the tournament. Meusburger seems to really thrive in smaller events and will no doubt give Zhang a good fight. Once again, I believe experience will be vital here as Yvonne has the bigger match experiences compared to Zhang.

Pick: Meusburger in 2 sets

Pick: Zheng in 2 sets

Francesca Schiavone vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm

2 of the oldest players left in the draw proves that age is just a number. Date-Krumm was very impressive in her dismissal of Kirilenko, although the Russian seemed injured and was too eager to end points. Kimiko will need to grind out a win against the Italian, who has really great speed despite her age. Sadly, the Italian knows how to play Kimiko, as she has 3 wins over her so far. It will take an inspired performance from the Japanese to upset the higher ranked Schiavone.

Pick: Schiavone in 2 sets

Sure win bets, Agnieszka Radwanska, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Yvonne Meusburger
Upset alert: Lara Arruabarrena

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