With the first round at the WTA 250 in Chennai ending and top seed Alison Riske Amritraj out, the remaining field opens up and still holds a lot of excitement. We have veterans of Magda Lynette, Chiang Wang and Tatjana Maria, the young talents of Linda Frohvitova And Oksana Selekhmeteva, as well as former fifth seed Eugenie Bouchard, are looking for their first WTA quarter-finalist since March 2021. As always, we here at LWOT will be looking at and anticipating every match. Who do you think will win?
3 day forecast at WTA Chennai
Rebecca Marino x Katarzina Kawa
Head to head: Kawa 1-0 Marino
Marino enjoyed a solid season, scoring 41-19, and continued to shine on tough American courts. The 31-year-old beat Venus Williams and Andrea Petkovic to advance to the quarter-finals of the playoffs in Washington before reaching the third round at the US Open. In Chennai, Marino knocked out Anna Plinkova in straight sets in her opening match. Kawa struggled pretty much in 2022, 15-15 in the year with only two strong runs. The Pole went to the ITF 100 final in Bonita Springs in May before reaching the second round of qualifying at Wimbledon. Kawa broke a three-game losing streak by defeating Astra Sharma in the first round. The 29-year-old stepped into a tough game when she faced Marino in a Wimbledon qualifier earlier this year. But in the current form, expect Marino to win this match.
Prediction: Marino at 3
Nao Hibino vs Chiang Wang
Head to head: Hibino 1-1 Wang
Their second meeting in three weeks after Hibino returned from a backward group to eliminate Wang US Open habilitation. The 27-year-old did not go to the main draw, losing to Daria Snegur who defeated Simona Halep in the first round. Moving to Chennai, Hibino was dominant in the qualifiers, delivering bread to both Sai Samhita Chamarthi and Daniela Visman, before knocking out to Jana Phet in the first round. Wang had some great hard-court runs this summer, reaching the semi-finals of the WTA Prague and WTA Tour semi-finals. The 30-year-old defeated Janina Wickmayer 6-4 in Game Three. This should be a fun and beautiful match. With their last match and the level of Hibino in Chennai so far, the Japanese player is a bit of a favourite for me.
Prediction: Hibino at 3
Karman Kaur Thande vs. Eugenie Bouchard
Face to face: first meeting
After sustaining an injury in only her second tournament of the season, Thandie missed four months and was unable to start playing regularly until June. The 24-year-old gained some confidence with the ITF 25 title at Gurugram but failed to turn her form onto the American hard court. Thndi entered Chennai in a four-game losing streak but succeeded on her wild card, taking out eighth seed Chloe Paquet.
At one point, one of the biggest names in tennis, Bouchard returned to competition after 17 months in Vancouver. The Canadian also competed in the US Open qualifier, defeating Yuki Naito before losing to a young talent in Linda Noskova. The 28-year-old made a successful start in Chennai against Joanne Zugger, claiming her first Tour level win since reaching the Guadalajara final last March. This is a good opportunity for Bouchard to gain some momentum and confidence as the rest of the season approaches, and I expect her to win here.
Prediction: Bouchard at 2
Rebecca Peterson vs. Linda Frohvertova
Face to face: first meeting
Peterson had some notable events in the summer with a semi-final round against Vancouver but lost the first round in all the other hard court tournaments she played in the summer before coming to Chennai. The Swede beat 2020 Australian Open champion Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva in straight sets in her opening match. She will face another 17-year-old at Linda Frohvertova in the second round. The young Czech made her first major draw at the US Open earlier this month, qualifying and reaching the second round before losing to Garbine Muguruza. Fruhvirtova is getting closer and closer to the top 100 and I think she will take another step towards that with a victory here.
Prediction: Fruhvirtova in 3
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