Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
R1: (4) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs (wc) 🇭🇰 Ling Zhang
Agnieszka Radwanska arrives in Hong Kong knowing that she will not be competing at the WTA Finals in 2017, breaking a streak of 6 consecutive appearances at the season finale. It has been a poor year for Radwanska by her very lofty standards, the Pole is yet to win a title in 2017, Hong Kong is one of the last chances for Radwanska to salvage something from the year. The fourth seed will take on local wild card Ling Zhang in the first round of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open.
Radwanska arrives in Hong Kong on the back of consecutive third round defeats in Wuhan and Beijing. Radwanska played solid tennis at both events but was ultimately left looking fragile when it mattered most against tough opponents. Radwanska usually plays her best tennis during the Asian swing and will be targeting a deep run this week. Radwanska should be far too strong for Ling Zhang in her opening round match in Hong Kong, Zhang has played her tennis at the lower level ITF events, Radwanska will be a huge step up in opponent. Expect Radwanska’s game to bamboozle the local wild card.