ASB Classic, Auckland R1
?? Kurumi Nara vs ?? Johanna Larsson
I give Kurumi Nara the edge in this match. On a hard court, Nara is the better player. Hard courts are Nara’s preferred surface whilst Larsson is far more comfortable on a clay court. I think Kurumi Nara is one of the most under-ranked players on tour, ranked just outside the top 100, look for Nara to rise into the top 50 at some stage in 2018. Nara should enjoy this match-up, Larsson will not take time away for Nara, the Japanese player can stay on the baseline, take the ball early and should be good enough to win this one.