Lin Zhu vs Diana Shnaider Thailand Open Tennis Prediction and Pick 2/4/24
Lin Zhu vs Diana Shnaider
February 4, 2024
Lin Zhu -125 / Diana Shnaider -111 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Second seed and defending champion Lin Zhu will face Russian teenager Diana Shnaider in the Thailand Open final in Hua Hin. The match will be played on Sunday, February 4, 2024. Here's our Lin Zhu vs Diana Shnaider prediction.
Coming in as the defending champion in Hua Hin, Lin Zhu lacked the same momentum she had 12 months ago when she reached the second week of the Australian Open. This year, she suffered a shock early exit in Melbourne, losing to France's Oceane Dodin in the first round. But her level in the preceding week was encouraging, and she reached the quarterfinal of Hobart. Zhu was heavily favored to reach the final in Hua Hin, winning each of her four matches this week in straight sets. Her most notable win was in the semis, where she outlasted compatriot Yafan Wang 6-3, 6-2 - the highest-ranked opponent she has faced in the tournament at World No. 78.
Diana Shanider is into her second career final, and truthfully, her run has been very impressive considering the caliber of opponents she faced. Shnaider defeated former Australian Open semifinalist and top seed Magda Linette in her first match in three sets, winning resoundingly. Then she earned a retirement win over former World No. 2 Paula Badosa. The 19-year-old put the brakes on the streaky Dalma Galfi in the quarterfinal. And her best win was in the semifinal, where she defeated Xinyu Wang 6-2, 7-6, managing to save four of five break points.
Lin Zhu vs Diana Shnaider Head-To-Head
Diana Shnaider leads the head-to-head 1-0, beating Lin Zhu 6-4, 6-0 in their first-round match in Nanchang last season.
Lin Zhu vs Diana Shnaider Prediction
Both players have played immaculate tennis all week. Lin Zhu has definitely had an easier run to the final, with the highest-ranked player she faced en route being World No. 78 Yafan Wang. Shnaider, by contrast, has beaten a more challenging list of players. This will be the Russian's second WTA final. She lost her first one to Ons Jabeur in Ningbo last September, and it will be interesting to see how much she has learned from that match, where nerves certainly played a factor. I expect Shnaider to be much more freer on Sunday. Lin Zhu is the experienced player but hasn't been tested. She hasn't played anyone with the wealth of firepower the teenager brings to the table. With that said, I like Shnaider's chances of getting that first title, and the less riskier shot would be to take the young Russian to cover the sets spread at -250.