Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
R1: (1/wc) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇰🇿 Zarina Diyas
The top seeded Elina Svitolina begins her Hong Kong campaign with a first round clash with Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas. Svitolina has been one of the most consistent players in 2017. Svitolina has already won 5 titles in 2017 and is one of the main contenders to win the title this week at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. Svitolina should get a solid test first up against an in-form Zarina Diyas.
Elina Svitolina arrives in Hong Kong on the back of a quarter-final showing in Beijing last week. The tournament ultimately ended in disappointment for Svitolina as she failed to serve for the match on several occasions against eventual champion Caroline Garcia in a three hour plus thriller. Svitolina will be keen for a good week in Hong Kong as she prepares for her first ever showing at the WTA Finals in Singapore in a few weeks’ time.
Zarina Diyas reminded the tennis world what she is capable of a few weeks ago in Tokyo. Diyas came through the qualifying draw to win the title in Tokyo, winning 8 consecutive matches thanks to strong play from the baseline. Diyas will need to replicate her best tennis from Tokyo if she is to stand a chance against Svitolina in her opening round clash in Hong Kong.
This should be a reasonably close match but ultimately Svitolina should be too strong. There are some real similarities about the way these two play, however Svitolina does most things better and the far greater defensive player. Expect the Ukrainian to win in two tight sets.