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WTA Seoul Day 3 predictions including Raducanu vs Uchijima

Day 3 at the 2022 WTA Seoul Open – a 250-level event again this year after a two-year hiatus – promises to be plenty of good tennis. As always, here at LWOT we share our thoughts on each game. Who do you think will win?

WTA Seoul day 3 predictions

Linda Fruhvirtova vs. Yanina Wickmayer

Head to head: first meeting

Fruhvirtova becomes the only U18 player in the top 100 and then plummets won her first WTA title in Chennai. The young Czech was strong all week, beating Tour veteran Magda Linette in the final. Wickmayer had some nice runs in her comeback season after a year’s absence from the Tour, reaching the second round Wimbledon from the qualification. The Belgian veteran has plenty of experience but Fruhvirtova should easily beat her in her current form.
Prediction: Fruhvirtova in 2

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Rebecca Marino vs Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva

Head to head: first meeting

Marino has managed to win two consecutive matches in her last three tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals in Granby and Chennai and the third round in the US Open. The Canadian started well again in Seoul, losing just three games to Jana Fett. Jimenez Kasintseva took advantage of her position as a lucky loser here, losing just four games to Chloe Paquet. The Andorran is an interesting prospect and we are likely to see a climb that will end in the top 20 but Marino’s current form could overwhelm the teenager here.
Prognosis: Marino in 3

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Varvara Gracheva vs Anna Blinkova

Head to head: Gracheva 2-0 Blinkova

A third duel of this Russian derby with the previous two played in slams. Gracheva has won both in three sets but was pushed to a third-set tiebreak by Blinkova at last year’s Australian Open. The 22-year-old broke a massive ten-game losing streak in Chennai last week when he defeated Mariia Tkacheva and Carol Zhao en route to the quarterfinals. Blinkova lost to Rebecca Marino last week and has continued to struggle to get going on hard courts this season. With their meetings so far and Blinkova’s mediocre form, I think Gracheva will win here too.
Prediction: Gracheva in 2

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Emma Raducanu vs. Moyuka Uchijima

Head to head: first meeting

After failing to defend her US Open title and now dropping out of the top 70, Raducanu shows here if she can be a top player. We had two players who suffered similar rank drops in January, with Naomi Osaka and Sofia Kenin suffering big drops and struggling to come back. The 19-year-old lost in the second round in Portoroz, beating Dayana Yastremska and losing to Anna-Lena Friedsam. Uchijima isn’t a big name, but she’s been an up-and-coming player over the past 18 months. The 21-year-old has a record of 74-28 as of August 2021, has won six ITF titles, three in each year, and has risen to 126th in the rankings. The Japanese player seems ripe to put herself on the map with a big win and I believe she will do so here.
Prediction: Uchijima in 3

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