Qinwen Zheng Australian Open

WTA Tokyo Day 3 predictions including Badosa vs Zheng

The schedule for Day 3 at the 2022 WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo is extremely stacked. Caroline Garcia takes on Shuai Zhang, while Elena Rybakina and Liudmila Samsonova will undoubtedly destroy the balls with their hard shots. Who will win the blockbuster between top seed Paula Badosa and Qinwen Zheng? Who do you think will advance?

WTA Tokyo day 3 predictions

Elise Mertens vs. Claire Liu

Head to head: First date

Both women did very well in the opening round – Elise Mertens gave Qiang Wang just three games while Claire Liu defeated Alison Riske with relative ease. It’ll be a very different matchup for the American, but it has to be noted that Mertens hasn’t been at her best for most of the season. The talented 22-year-old should have her chances.
Prediction: Liu in 3

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Garbine Muguruza vs Despina Papamichail

Head to head: First date

Despina Papamichail has already won three games here while Garbine Muguruza has yet to set foot on the pitch. The rise in competition quality for the Greek will be extremely steep. While familiarity with the courts is definitely an advantage, it seems like the talent advantage should be too great in this case. It’s a great draw for Muguruza who has played her best tennis in a while US Open.
Prediction: Muguruza in 2

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Shuai Zhang vs. Caroline Garcia

Head to head: 2-2

Whether Caroline Garcia will hold their shape is one of those questions we all desperately want an answer to. The 28-year-old has already had great success in Asia and has the dominant serve-return game to break through Shuai Zhang’s flat hitting. She couldn’t keep her cool in the US Open semifinals, but if the loss doesn’t throw her off course, this match should depend on the quality of her execution.
Prediction: Garcia in 3

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Elena Rybakina vs Liudmila Samsonova

Head to head: Samsonova 1-0

For Elena Rybakina, who finished second behind Katerina Siniakova in Portoroz, it will be a fairly short turnaround. That Wimbledon Champion still looks a bit fragile. Liudmila Samsonova hasn’t played since the US Open and it feels like she’s more physically prepared for it. They both like to attack and have all-or-nothing playstyles, so expect fireworks.
Prediction: Samsonova in 3

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Paula Badosa vs. Qinwen Zheng

Head to head: First date

It’s a fantastic schedule for Day 3, but that might be the icing on the cake. Paula Badosa has only won three matches in their last four events and will look to build back up their form here. However, the draw gods were not kind and gave her that incredibly talented Qinwen Zheng. If you’re playing someone as good as the 19-year-old, a bye in the opening round could actually fall back to bite you.
Prediction: Zheng in 3

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