Toyota Thailand Open: Women’s singles semi-final preview

Three of the semi-finalists this week are the same as those who made it to the last four even last week. Ratchanok Intanon, the home favourite clawed her way into the semi-finals this week.

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The women’s singles category, the most interesting one is here again. Three of the semi-finalists this week are the same as those who made it to the last four even last week. Ratchanok Intanon, the home favourite clawed her way in to the semi-finals this week.

Marin An se

Match Details:

  • Carolina Marin[5] vs An Se Young[7]
  • Date: 23rd January 2021
  • Tournament: Toyota Thailand Open 2021
  • Venue: Impact Arena, Bangkok
  • Category: Super 1000
  • Round: Semi-Final

Carolina Marin[5] vs An Se Young[7]: Women’s singles semi-finals Match Preview 

Carolina is one of those players who peaks at the right time and wins titles. She has been in excellent form since her comeback at the China Open 2019 after a career-threatening knee injury. An Se Young, the 18-year-old from Korea has been making ripples in the circuit by beating the best in the world.

Carolina Marin[5] vs An Se Young[7]Head-to-Head

The two met each other in the semi-final just last week at the Yonex Thailand Open. Marin won the match in straight sets however it was closely fought. Marin was made to work and win every point From the Korean. Carolina leads the head-to-head 3-1. The Korean has won the match against the three-time world champion at the French Open 2019 when Marin was returning to competition after her injury.

Carolina Marin[5] vs An Se Young[7]: Match Prediction

Carolina is an aggressive player who plays with power, tactics and high pace. An Se Young, however, is a great retriever. But that may not be enough to tame the Spaniard. An Se would have to be aggressive and attack as well, else she would be outpaced by Marin.

Prediction: Carolina Marin wins in a close match.

Tai Tzu Ratchnaok

Match Details:

  • Tai Tzu Ying[1] vs Ratchanok Intanon[4]
  • Date: 23rd January 2021
  • Tournament: Toyota Thailand Open 2021
  • Venue: Impact Arena, Bangkok
  • Category: Super 1000
  • Round: Semi-Final

Tai Tzu Ying[1] vs Ratchanok Intanon[4]: Women’s singles semi-finals Match Preview 

Tai Tzu Ying finished Runner-up last week at the Yonex Thailand Open. Prior to the pandemic, she won a third All England title. Ratchanok has had a difficult time owing to injuries and won few titles in the recent past. Tai Tzu would look to better her performance. Ratchanok would surely eye the title at her home-ground.

Tai Tzu Ying[1] vs Ratchanok Intanon[4]Head-to-Head

The two hold a very close head-to-head record. The former world champion, Intanon leads 14-13. The last meeting was at the World tour finals 2019 and was won by Tai Tzu. Three of the last five meetings was won by Tai Tzu.

Tai Tzu Ying[1] vs Ratchanok Intanon[4]: Match Prediction

The two players are among the most graceful movers on the court and have an extremely relaxed hitting motion. They’re both good at deception as well. The style of play is quite similar. However, the Taiwanese is the fitter one. This equation might be different at the moment as Tai was unwell last Sunday and could have affected her fitness and performance. Ratchanok looked in good form, unlike last week. she beat the world champion, PV Sindhu, with much ease in the semifinal. Both players have only dropped one game in this tournament. Tai’s fitness and health is a matter of concern at the moment and she probably is not at her best. This is an opportunity for Ratchnok to capitalize.

Prediction: Ratchanok Intanon wins, in three sets, close match

Also Read:Toyota Thailand Open: Men’s singles semi-final preview

The matches start at 9:30 AM IST and will be telecast live on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels in India and Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform. Carolina Marin[5] vs An Se Young[7] is 5th in the order of play. Tai Tzu Ying[1] vs Ratchanok Intanon[4] is 8th in the order of play.

Another interesting match to catch up on is the mixed doubles game between Ashwini/Satwik against the first seed Dechapol Puvaranukron/Sapsiree Taerattanchai. It is the 9th match in the order of play.

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