? Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, R1 Prediction
?? Barbora Strycova vs. ?? Alize Cornet
I’m going to side with Strycova here despite Cornet having generally had the better of this match-up with a 6-2 head-to-head advantage. Strycova arrived in Wuhan battled hardened having being tested by the very best on tour last week in Tokyo where she lost a tight straight set match to Naomi Osaka. Conversely, Cornet was smashed in the opening round in Guangzhou by Jennifer Brady. A quick hard court surface seemingly favours Strycova in this match-up because of her flatter groundstrokes and greater willingness to move up the court.