Zhang vs Martic Live Streaming and Prediction: 2022 WTA Tokyo
In a duel between veteran tennis stars, Shuai Zhang will face Petra Martic in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Open 2022 on Friday, September 23. head and tips here.
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Shuai Zhang versus Petra Martic head to head
It’s 2-0 to Martic; They last met at the 2019 Miami Open where the Croatian won 6-2, 6-1.
Zhang survives Garcia
It was an endurance test for 33-year-old Chinese Shuai Zhang, who defeated number two seed Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in two and a half hours.
Not only did Zhang save a match point in the third set from a 4-5 deficit, but he also survived a barrage of aces from Garcia – 27, to be precise – and a superior win rate on first serve. In the previous round, she beat Mai Hontama 6-0, 6-3.
Zhang, now ranked No. 28 in the world, has had an interesting season and is now 33-23.
She has two singles finals to her name – the Lyon title and second place in Birmingham. In doubles she was last runner-up in Wimbledon, Birmingham and Stuttgart and champion in Nottingham.
Shuai also had a decent run in the US Open swing, reaching the quarterfinals in Cincinnati and Cleveland and the fourth round of the US Open.
In these tournaments she released some big names like Anett Kontaveit, Naomi Osaka, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Jil Teichmann.
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Martic on a resurgent path
Petra Martic, current world No. 46, is having quite a week in Tokyo as she reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set.
In the first set, she defeated Rina Saigo 6-1, 6-1, followed by an upset against former world number one Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4. Those two wins put Martic up to 30-17 – which is pretty much on track to record her best season of her career in 2019 at 35-17.
Petra arrived in Japan after a series of mixed results and a muted participation in the tour.
She has only competed in four tournaments since July; The 31-year-old won the title in Lausanne, reached the quarterfinals in Warsaw, the first round in Cincinnati (as a qualifier) and the third round at the US Open (upsetting Paula Badosa along the way).
Martic’s silverware collection isn’t half as impressive compared to Zhang’s, but she still puts up a fight.
Zhang v Martic prediction and tip
Zhang has everything going for her at the moment. With the kind of momentum she has, expect her to win this one and reach the semifinals, albeit with some effort.
The Tokyo Open 2022 will be held from September 19th to 25th. Get all the latest tennis betting news here on our tennis betting blog. You can also get previews of the rest of the tennis matches here.