Duan vs Kozlova (By: Jshoot)

Ying Ying Duan vs Kateryna Kozlova in WTA Taipei (Taiwan).

If we look at on their rank only, both players shouldn't be much different in quality. Duan is on 114th (she was in top 100 last year) and Kozlova is 85th, However, I fancy Kozlova to win this game because of her form. She defeated Shuai Zhang (top 30 player) straight set with no problem. In Australia Open, I was also surprised that she was able to win a set and gave problems to Pavlyuchenkova (top 20 player).

I like Kozlova 1st serve against Shuai Zhang, she's not a tall player but she serves well in that game against Zhang. Zhang was just being outplayed or outclassed in that game (Although I never rate Zhang as a worthy of top 30 player). But Kozlova can still lose this game because from what I see on her is that she has very slow 2nd serve which isn't benefit for Duan who relies on her power when she hit the ball.

Even though Duan has the power but she's too prone error. I have watched her many times last year and even with her height (186cm), she is not a consistent serve of player and she's not quick either. She struggled to beat Miyu Kato even though she had a good 1st set games.

I fancy Kozlova to cover -3.5 games easily because Kozlova has a good 1st serve and will exploit Duan's unforced errors. The only way for Duan to win this game is if she can stop making a lot of unforced errors and exploit Kozlova's weak 2nd serve, but that's probably too much to ask for a player outside top 100, they tend to be very inconsistent.

Good luck guys!

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Duan vs Kozlova predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Kozlova -3.5 Bet365 1.90 10 1-2 LOST (-10 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Duan vs Kozlova betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Jshoot).
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