Shenzhen Open R1
(4) Irina-Camelia Begu vs (wc) Fangzhou Liu
Begu should be too strong for Liu on this occasion. Begu is clearly the more accomplished player and should have too many weapons for Liu. I expect this will be a little closer than the gap in rankings suggests, for a few reasons. Firstly it is the first match of the season which can make things more even and more importantly, Liu is more comfortable on hard courts. Begu needs to be winning matches like this if she is move forward in 2018.