With the first round of WTA 250 Chennai concluded and top seed Alison Riske-Amritraj eliminated, the remaining field is opening up and still holds plenty of excitement. We have strong veterans in Magda Linette, Qiang Wang and Tatjana Maria, young talents in Linda Fruhvirtova and Oksana Selekhmeteva, as well as former No. 5 Eugienie Bouchard, awaiting her first WTA quarterfinal since March 2021. As always, here at LWOT we will anticipate and predict every game. Who do you think will win?
WTA Chennai day 3 predictions
Rebecca Marino vs Katarzyna Kawa
Head to head: Kawa 1-0 Marino
Marino is having a strong season, a 41-19 record, and continues her form on US hardcourts. The 31-year-old beat Venus Williams and Andrea Petkovic to reach the quarterfinals from qualifying in Washington before reaching the third round at the US Open. In Chennai, Marino defeated Anna Blinkova in her opener in straight sets. Kawa has largely struggled in 2022 with just two strong 15-15 runs in 15-15. The Pole reached the final of an ITF 100 at Bonita Springs in May before reaching the second round of qualifying at Wimbledon. Kawa broke a triple losing streak by beating Astra Sharma in the first round. The 29-year-old prevailed in a close match as she faced Marino in Wimbledon qualifiers earlier this year. However, in his current form, expect Marino to win this match.
Prediction: Marino in 3
Nao Hibino versus Qiang Wang
Head-to-head: Hibino 1-1 Wang
Their second meeting in three weeks after Hibino came back from a setdown to eliminate Wang US Open to qualify. The 27-year-old didn’t make it into the main draw, losing to Daria Snigur, who defeated Simona Halep in the first round. Moving on to Chennai, Hibino dominated the qualifiers, handing out bagels to Sai Samhitha Chamarthi and Daniela Vismane before bagelling Jana Fett in the first round. Wang had some nice runs on hard courts this summer, reaching the semifinals at WTA Prague and WTA Concord. The 30-year-old beat Yanina Wickmayer 6: 4 in the third set. This should be an interesting and fairly balanced game. With their recent game and Hibino’s form so far in Chennai, the Japanese player is a slight favorite for me.
Prediction: Hibino in 3
Karman Kaur Thandi vs. Eugenie Bouchard
Head to head: first meeting
After suffering an injury in just her second tournament of the season, Thandi missed four months and only returned to regular play in June. The 24-year-old built some confidence with an ITF 25 title at Gurugram but failed to translate her form on US hard courts. Thndi came to Chennai on a four-game losing streak but made up for her wild card and defeated 8th seed Chloe Paquet.
Once Bouchard, one of the biggest names in tennis, returned to competition after 17 months in Vancouver. The Canadian also competed in the US Open qualifier, beating Yuki Naito before losing to young talent in Linda Noskova. The 28-year-old got off to a winning start in Chennai against Joanne Zuger to claim her first tour-level win since her run to the Guadalajara final last March. This is a good opportunity for Bouchard to gain some momentum and confidence for the rest of the season. I expect her to win here.
Prognosis: Bouchard in the 2
Rebecca Peterson vs. Linda Fruhvirtova
Head to head: first meeting
Peterson had a small highlight in the summer with a semi-final run to Vancouver, but lost the first round in every other hard court tournament she played in the summer before coming to Chennai. The Swede beat 2020 Australian Open junior champion Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva in straight sets in her opener. In the second round she meets another 17-year-old, Linda Fruhvirtova. The young Czech made her Slam main draw debut at the US Open earlier this month, qualifying and reaching the second round before losing to Garbine Muguruza. Fruhvirtova is getting closer to the top 100 and I think a win here will take her another step in that direction.
Prediction: Fruhvirtova in 3
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