An interesting match-up takes place in Japan (Osaka) tomorrow morning as Japan’s own Kurumi Nara (Player Bio) meets Polona Hercog (Player Bio) for the second time in her career but the first in a professional tour main draw contest. Check out the Hercog vs Nara Head to Head.
Slovenia’s Polona Hercog received a walkover win in the second round when German star Sabine Lisicki withdrew from the tournament citing an injury. Prior to that she had picked up a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win over Petra Cetkovska in the opening round of the tournament. She is coming off a strong showing in Beijing, where she got past the qualifying round to reach the final 16 before losing to World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska. The World No. 79 is 31-14 in competition this season and will be looking for further success tomorrow afternoon.
Japan’s Kurumi Nara opened up her campaign in Osaka with a win over Caroline Garcia in the first round. She followed that up with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over Monica Puig to reach the third round of the competition. The World No. 87 is in her first WTA quarterfinal of the year and hunting for her first ever tour title. She holds a 33-21 record in 2013.
The winner of tomorrow’s match will face the winner in the Bouchard/Zahlavova Strycova contest for a spot in the finals.
This is the first time these two competitors meet in the main draw of a professional event. Their prior encounter was a qualifying round match in Tokyo last year, which Kurumi won convincingly 6-1, 6-4. Hercog is currently riding a stronger wave of momentum, having had a successful run over the past few weeks, yet Kurumi’s wins this week could give her the confidence necessary to push to the later stages of the tournament.