Eugenie Bouchard in action ahead of the WTA Chennai Open.

WTA Chennai Day 1 predictions including Bouchard vs Zuger

The peloton begins on Monday at the WTA Chennai Open. A new addition to the WTA calendar in 2022, the tournament marks the first time the tour has landed in India since 2008. Valuable ranking points will be offered to lower ranked players as only five top 100 players ventured into India this week. But who will advance on day one?

WTA Chennai day 1 predictions

Jana Fett vs. Nao Hibino

Head to head: Fat 1-0 Hibino

Jana Fett and Nao Hibino both safely navigated their way through the qualifying draw in Chennai. A winnable matchup for both players, a rare chance to win a main draw match at this level. I would give Hibino the slight advantage. The Japanese player has a more stable game and is generally the more consistent of the two.

Prediction: Hibino in 3
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Liang En-shuo vs. Linda Fruhvirtova

Head to head: first meeting

Linda Fruhvirtova gained valuable experience at the US Open last week. The 17-year-old successfully qualified for the main draw, where she defeated Wang Xinyu before losing in straight sets to former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza. Liang En-Shuo, on the other hand, is struggling at ITF level and seems in danger of being downgraded in this clash, although he has adjusted to the conditions after surviving the qualifying draw in Chennai.

Prediction: L. Fruhvirtova in 2
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Wang Qiang vs. Yanina Wickmayer

Head to head: first date

2022 was a major disappointment for Wang Qiang and that continued at the US Open where she lost in the second qualifying round. Still, the sixth seed has a chance to salvage something from their season this week in Chennai. Even out of shape. She should imagine her chances against everyone in the draw. Yanina Wickmayer has had some decent results on her return to the Tour in 2022 but has struggled in Tour-level main draw games. This is a match Wang should win, she is far more solid in most departments.

Prognosis: Wang in Q2
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Eugenie Bouchard vs. Joanna Zuger

Head to head: first date

Eugenie Bouchard accepted a wild card for the main draw this week in Chennai. The Canadian will be playing her first main draw match at a regular WTA event since Monterrey earlier last year. Bouchard faces an inexperienced opponent; Joanna Zuger has toiled on the ITF Tour and has had some decent results on clay, but the Swiss hasn’t played much tennis on hard courts. Still, it’s hard to pick Bouchard with confidence at the moment, we don’t know where their game is. Zuger has beaten Gasanova, Niemeier and Zavatska of late, suggesting she has the level to beat a rusty Bouchard.

Prognosis: Zuger in the 2

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