Watanabe vs Omae by Tennisguy

This is a quarterfinal match from the Balikpapan ITF tournament between two players from Japan, Hirono Watanabe and Akiko Omae.

 

I am going with the underdog here because I believe that Watanabe is in a good form at this tournament and she can actually even win it. She defeated Abbie Myers 6-3, 6-2 in the first round and then Miyabi Inoue 6-3 at which point Inoue retired. She has faced Omae only once in the past in 2010 at the Noto ITF where Watanabe managed to easily win 6-2, 6-4.

 

Omae defeated Michika Ozeki 6-0, 6-1 in the first round and then Piia Suomalainen who retired when she was down 7-6(3), 3-1 . I think she was a bit lucky against Suomalainen who even with some injury problems managed to keep a very close first set but eventually called it quits. I don't think Omae is in a very good shape to be honest and I see her having a lot of problems against an in form Watanabe.

 

I think Watanabe is the better server of the two and she also is the more experienced of the two. She has beaten Omae in the past and I have the feeling that she will do it again today so backing her seems like the best thing to do.pin
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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Hirono Watanabe to win Pinnacle 4.77 6 1-2 LOST (-6 units)
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