Taiwan Open, Taipei City R2 Preview
?? (6) Zarina Diyas vs ?? Monica Niculescu
An interesting second round clash at the Taiwan Open sees the 6th seeded Zarina Diyas come up against Monica Niculescu. This match-up will feature an interesting contrast in styles. The aggressive baseline game of Diyas up and the slice and finesse of Niculescu. The head-to-head record between the pair heading into this match is split at 1 win apiece.
Zarina Diyas made an impressive start to her Taiwan Open campaign on Monday as she claimed a 6-2 7-5 victory over Ana Blinkova. Diyas was striking the ball with real authority from the baseline and moved exceptionally well. Diyas did well to end the match in straight sets as she was behind for the majority of the second set, overall it was a fairly inspired performance by Diyas.
Monica Niculescu had a comfortable start to her Taiwan Open campaign. The Romanian led Ons Jabeur 6-1 4-0 before Jabeur retired injured. This is Niculescu’s first appearance in Taiwan, she will be keen to notch up a few victories this week as she attempts to boost her lowly ranking.
Diyas and Niculescu have split their 2 previous matches. The most recent match between the pair ended in a 6-2 6-2 win for Diyas in Cincinnati in 2014.