Taiwan Open, Taipei City R2 Preview
?? Ying-Ying Duan vs ?? Kateryna Kozlova
Ying-Ying Duan and Kateryna Kozlova will go head-to-head for a spot in the quarter-finals at the Taiwan Open on Wednesday. Kozlova produced the first big upset of the tournament on Monday as she eliminated the second seeded Shuai Zhang in straight sets. Kozlova will enter this match with confidence given she easily won the only previous match between the pair late last year
Duan survived an epic opening round encounter against Miyu Kato. Duan led by a set and a break but was forced into a deciding set by Kato where she ultimately claimed a 6-2 4-6 7-5 victory. Duan squandered a break lead midway through the final set and was a game away from defeat but did step up her game to win the last 3 games and advance to the second round in Taipei.
Kateryna Kozlova produced the most impressive performance on day 1 at the Taiwan Open, Kozlova defeated the second seeded Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-4. Kozlova played exceptional tennis and outlasted Zhang in a number of epic baseline exchanges. Perhaps 2018 will be Kozlova’s breakout year?
Kozlova easily defeated Duan in their only previous match, a dominant 6-2 6-1 win in Dalian last year.