Taiwan Open, Taipei City R1 Preview
?? (8) Pauline Parmentier vs ?? Kurumi Nara
An interesting opening round clash in Taipei City sees the eighth seeded Pauline Parmentier come up against Japan’s Kurumi Nara. Parmenter and Nara both enter the Taiwan Open desperate to gain some much needed momentum given their poor recent results. Both were eliminated in the opening round at the Australian Open but will see this opening round clash in Taiwan as a winnable one.
Paulina Parmentier is yet to win a match in 2018 having been eliminated in the opening round in Shenzhen, Hobart and at the Australian Open. All of those defeats were in straight sets and fairly uncompetitive. Parmentier will be hoping for a much better performance in Taipei City.
Kurumi Nara’s results have been slightly better than Parmentier’s to start the season. Nara started the year with an opening round loss in Auckland before making a solid quarter-final showing in Hobart. At the Australian Open, Nara was beaten by Vondrousova in straight sets, but it was a very competitive match.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair, both will be very desperate for a win.