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WTA Hobart 2017 order of play for Tuesday, January 10: Petkovic, Niculescu to take to court today

Suneer Chowdhary in News 10 Jan 2017
Andrea Petkovic will take to court today.

The day of the 2017 Hobart International will feature Andrea Petkovic and Monica Niculescu in action on Tuesday.

Niculescu is one of the three seeds to have survived the upsets on day one. The Romanian ended the 2016 season on a positive note by lifting the trophy in WTA Luxembourg. That was undoubtedly an impressive performance by the third seed, who defeated Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and her opponent for the day Kirsten Flipkens.

Needless to mention, Niculescu is certainly a dangerous player and is capable of taking out the big guns. She started her season on a dull note, having lost to the Chinese Qiang Wang in the second round of Shenzhen Open. 

Considering her opponent, Flipkens last played in WTA Auckland, where she lost in the first round to the young Croat Ana Konjuh.

As for her performance in Hobart, she won her opening game against Jaimee Fourlis 7-6(10), 6-4. On the other hand, Niculescu ousted former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets. Head to head speaking, the Romanian lags 3-2 in the head to head tally. But given her recent form, she should be able to even the score here.

Next up is the German Andrea Petkovic, who will be meeting Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay for the first time on the tour.

Petkovic, who was once a top 10 player, didn't appear to be in great spirits last season. With absolutely no titles or runners-up feats, she kept on succumbing in the early stages of the tournaments. She is looking to build her form, but hasn't had any luck. In the Hopman Cup, she lost back to back to Belinda Bencic and Heather Watson.

As for Royg, she got a second chance as a lucky loser. Having lost in the final round of the qualifiers, she got a chance to play in the main draw. In the first round, she defeated Cindy Burger in three sets, only to set the encounter with the veteran German.

This will be an intriguing game, which Petkovic should win comfortably.

Here's the 2017 WTA Hobart Order of Play for Tuesday, January 10:

Centre Court

Starting at: 11:00 am
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Sachia Vickery (USA) v Elise Mertens (BEL)
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Monica Niculescu (ROU) [3]
Raluca Olaru (ROU)/Olga Savchuk (UKR) v Kiki Bertens (NED)/Johanna Larsson (SWE) [2]
Lizette Cabrera (AUS) v Jana Fett (CRO)
Demi Schuurs (NED)/Renata Voracova (CZE) v Pauline Parmentier (FRA)/Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

Court Events Tasmania 

Starting at: 12:00 pm
Mandy Minella (LUX)/Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)/Chen Liang (CHN) [4]
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN) [3] v Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)/Nicole Gibbs (USA)



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