Taiwan Open, Taipei City R1 Preview
?? (3) Samantha Stosur vs ?? Nao Hibino
Sam Stosur will begin her Taiwan Open campaign with a first round clash against Japan’s Nao Hibino. This looms a potentially tough match for Stosur. Although Stosur is ranked far higher than Hibino, the conditions and match-up favour Hibino.
Sam Stosur had another disappointing Australian Summer. Stosur was beaten in the opening round in Brisbane, the second round in Sydney and suffered a hugely disappointing opening round loss to Monica Puig in the opening round of the Australian Open, a match Stosur led by a set and a break and had match point. A devastating loss for Stosur. It’s an interesting decision for Stosur to again play in Taipei given the surface is seemingly the opposite to what she would enjoy.
Nao Hibino didn’t have much success during the Australian summer either. Hibino has beaten in the opening round in Auckland, failed to qualify for the main draw in Hobart and was eliminated in the straight sets at the Australian Open where she lost to Donna Vekic in straight sets.
The only previous match between the pair ended in a 6-3 6-4 win for Hibino in Hong Kong in 2016. Can Hibino cause another upset or will Stosur reverse the result?