In the opening match of the tournament in Adelaide on January 14, Arina Sobolenko will play against Hsieh Su-wei, who could not be defeated in two personal meetings. Should we expect the first victory over an uncomfortable rival? – read in our prediction.
The previous two seasons, Hsieh Su-wei demonstrated good readiness for starting tournaments. Last year, she reached the semifinals at the very first tournament in Auckland. A year earlier, she was also in the Auckland semi-finals.
This time, Hsieh Su-wei showed up for the Brisbane tournament. It did not work out to show something serious in the game with Contaveit (4-6, 1-6). Anette tried to play deeply; Hsieh Su-wei’s blows did not cause her any serious problems. In the second installment, she was clearly not in the mood for Hsieh Su-wei.
Now he will play against Sobolenko, who, in the manner of the game, is much more at risk and wrong. This may well play into the hands of Hsieh Su-wei.
At the end of November 2019, Arina Sobolenko died at the age of 44. Such a serious grief could not but affect the plans of the tennis player and her preparation for the season.
Last week, a Belarusian tennis player in Shenzhen could not defend the title. After the first match with a victory of 6-3, 6-0 over Gasparyan, it already seemed that Arina was in perfect order. However, the subsequent game with Kristina Plishkova (4-6, 4-6) outlined the problems.
We can say that it was unlucky that did not realize many opportunities for breaks. At the same time, at the start of the season, far from the most stable tennis Arina demonstrated against the background of a rather straightforward rival.
Statistics and personal meetings
- In two personal meetings, Hsieh Su-wei won.
- Since last year, in pre-helmet tournaments, Sobolenko has unprotected points for the Shenzhen title.
- Hsieh Su-wei from last year has unprotected points for the Auckland semi-final and Sydney’s second round.
Arina Sobolenko vs Hsieh Su-wei Game Predictions
Hsieh Su-wei has a peculiar technique of striking, which is obviously inconvenient for many rivals. Sobolenko was unable to beat today’s rival neither on the ground in Rome in 2018 nor on the grass in Birmingham in 2019. Bookmakers lead Arina as the clear favorite of the match.
We expect that Hsieh Su-wei will not give up the match without a fight. Also, judging by the tournament in Shenzhen, Arina herself is far from in optimal shape. We offer a forecast for a positive head start on games for the underdog.
Our prediction is the victory of Hsieh Su-wei