In a match of almost equals, 28th-ranked Shuai Zhang meets 30th-ranked Liudmila Samsonova in the Tokyo Open 2022 semifinals on Saturday, September 24. Get the live streaming options of this Shuai Zhang vs. Liudmila Samsonova match along with his preview, head-to-head and tips here.
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Shuai Zhang against Liudmila Samsonova head to head
Zhang and Samsonova have never played each other in a competition before.
Zhang does it eight in a row indoors
In the very first tournament Zhang played on an indoor hard court this season, she was knocked out in the very first round. This defeat occurred at the St. Petersburg Open in February.
Since then, the Chinese has played eight games on this surface and won every time, including winning the title in Lyon earlier this year.
The last of those casualties was Petra Martic, who defeated Zhang fairly easily in an hour and 24 minutes, with the 28th-ranked player winning 7-5, 6-2.
Zhang survived eight aces and two breaks of serve, failing to convert three set points on her own serve at 5-3 in the opener before breaking Martic in game 12 to win it.
The second set was much easier for the Chinese as she took a 5-1 lead before winning it with her fifth match point. Having already stunned Caroline Garcia in the tournament, Zhang will look to continue to build on her form.
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Samsonova makes short work of Muguruza
While Garbine Muguruza is a higher-ranked and better-educated player on paper, nobody gave her much of a chance against Samsonova when they met in the quarterfinals. And Samsonova showed why they were all correct in their assessment.
In a match that lasted an hour and 23 minutes, Samsonova defeated her Spanish opponent with a 6-4, 6-2 win to secure her spot in the semifinals.
Muguruza put up a small fight in the first set, breaking back twice but serving at 4-4, she failed to hold for the third time and Samsonova converted it into love.
The second set, like for Zhang, was also much easier for Samsonova as she broke Muguruza in the first and fifth games to win the match and make it 16 wins from her previous 17 games.
Zhang v Samsonova prediction and tip
While Zhang has shown solid skill in these tournaments, she’s up against a player who’s a bit on the frenzy here. Samsonova to win this may involve a small struggle.
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.