September 24, 2022

The WTA Tour returns to Japan in what is a very solid plateau for a 250 level event in Tokyo. Naomi Osaka leads the day 2 competitors as the Japanese takes on Daria Saville on her home soil. As always, at LWOT we have the predictions for this match as well as the other four matches at the Tokyo ground. But who will advance?

WTA Tokyo Day 2 Predictions

Karolina Pliskova vs Isabella Shinikova

Face to face: first meeting

Karolina Pliskova, 30, is looking to bolster her run to the US Open quarter-finals with a strong close to the 2022 season. The former world No. 1 is 10-4 on hard courts this summer and seems to be playing with newfound confidence. Her opponent, Isabella Shinikova, battled her way through two qualifying rounds to set up this first-round fight. I believe the inconsistencies in Shinikova’s groundstrokes will show against the solid Pliskova. I see her having a great week in Tokyo.
Prediction: Pliskova in 2

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Sofia Kenin vs. Fernanda Contreras Gomez

Face to face: first meeting

Former world No. 4 Sofia Kenin has dropped down to her current ranking of #315. The 23-year-old American holds a 4-11 record this season and hasn’t won a win in nine of the 11 tournaments she has entered. participated. His opponent, Fernanda Contreras Gomez, has mainly done his job in 2022 at the ITF level. . She won two qualifying matches in three sets to take part in this main draw. I mentioned Kenin’s struggles, but she hasn’t lost to a player ranked as low as Contreras Gomez since the fall of 2018. Kenin may not be close to her best form, but she should jump on this opportunity to get his fifth victory of the season.
Prediction: Kenin in 2

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Shuai Zhang vs. Mai Hontama

Face to face: first meeting

Veteran Shuai Zhang takes on promising Mai Hontama in round one in Tokyo. Zhang had a terrific run all the way to the round of 16 at the US Open and holds a world No. 28 ranking. She is 8-3 in her last 11 hard court games. The 23-year-old Hontama has been given a wildcard in this area and is looking to make the most of his fourth tour-level tournament of the season. She has had great success at the ITF level and is looking to translate that to the circuit. Unfortunately for Hontama, I think Zhang’s current form will be too much for the Japanese youngster to handle.
Prediction: Zhang in 3

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Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Yuki Naito

Face to face: first meeting

Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia was one of the surprises of the season. The southpaw holds a 32-18 record while reaching a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the world less than a month ago. She faces Japanese joker Yuki Naito in the first round in Tokyo. Naito is a 21 year old with very limited touring experience. She holds a career record at the tour level of 2-5. Although the aforementioned Haddad Maia is having the best season of her career, she has always been prone to inconsistencies on the pitch. That said, I don’t see Naito owning a gun so he can harm the Brazilian.
Prediction: Haddad Maia in 2

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Naomi Osaka vs Daria Saville

Head-to-head: Saville 1-0 Osaka

Naomi Osaka is looking to break a four-game losing streak and regain some home form as she begins her campaign in Tokyo. Her opponent in the first round is Australian Daria Saville. Saville holds the 1-0 head-to-head record against Osaka, beating them in the second qualifying round at Cincinnati in 2016. The two players have very different games since that encounter and should show it in this game. Saville has been a strong hard-court player this season, but she won’t be able to match Osaka if the 24-year-old is at her best. I think playing in her home country will do wonders for the former world number 1.
Prediction: Osaka in 3

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