Samsonova vs Zhang Shuai: prediction for the WTA Tokyo match
Liudmila Samsonova is maintaining a fantastic form after some successful American tournaments. Russian player claimed titles at Washington and Cleveland, reached the round of 16 at US Open.
Liudmila has won all three matches at Tokyo in straight sets. She secured victories over such talented athletes as Rybakina (6:2, 6:4) and Muguruza (6:4, 6:2).
Zhang Shuai also achieved some success in American hard tournaments, she reached quarterfinals at Cincinnati and Cleveland and the round of 16 at US Open.
Chinese player had an unlucky draw at the start of Tokyo tournament. But she managed to beat Hontama (6:0, 6:4), Garcia (4:6, 7:6, 7:6) and Martic (7:5, 6:2). Zhang Shuai is in a perfect physical form. After a long match against Garcia she managed to recover for the match against Martic and played much better than the opponent.
All 12 latest matches of Samsonova ended in straight sets
This bet played in 3 of 5 latest matches of Zhang Shuai
Samsonova wasted less energy on her way to the semi-final. Zhang Shuai is more experienced, but Russian player has more chances for a victory on fast surface, her style of play is more aggressive.
Our prediction - Samsonova to win with a handicap of (-2) games
All 12 latest matches of Liudmila Samsonova ended in straight sets. Zhang Shuai had many long matches lately, so she is unlikely to prolong this fixture to three sets.
Our second bet is on total under 22 games