Defending champion Niculescu will try to extend her streak in Guangzhou while Wickmayer will try to keep her winning path after claiming Tokyo's title last week. Find the free pick for this match.
Defending champion Niculescu will try to extend her streak in Guangzhou while Wickmayer will also try to keep her winning path after claiming Tokyo's title last week. Find out what is the top play for this match.
Monica Niculescu (6) vs. Yanina Wickmayer
Monica Niculescu is known for being a very unorthodox player with her strange forehand slice however that shot is very tricky and erratic performers struggle against that forehand.
The Romanian is the defending champion on this event and after a tough first round losing a set to Yulia Putintseva she managed to get an easy win over Rebecca Peterson in straight sets.
Yanina Wickmayer made her return to titles last week in Tokyo and is keeping the good momentum this week defeating Magda Linette and Monica Puig, both in straight sets. Yanina is an extremely dangerous player with massive groundstrokes but she has problems to perform at a consistent level.
Wickmayer has already been competing for two straight weeks with 7 consecutive matches and is normal that some fatigue (not only physical but most important the mental) starts to appear.
Niculescu is one of the toughest competitors to face not only for being extremely solid with a great baseline movement but also because the slice forehand doesn’t give rhythm to her opponents.
With so many straight matches and for sure some fatigue, Wickmayer game might collapse with a large number of unforced errors against such a tough competitor who has been able to create problems in the past to the Belgian.
The h2h is 2 – 2 at the time, after two wins in 2009 and 2011 from Wickmayer was Niculescu who emerged victorious in the two most recent matches in 2013.
Tennis Pick: Monica Niculescu ML at +110 at Pinnacle