All the details from the opening day's play at the Hana-cupid Japan Women's Open, as seeds Yulia Putintseva, Saisai Zheng and Ajla Tomljanovic take to the court.
WTA Staff
September 9, 2018

CENTER COURT

Play starts at 11.30am

[3] Yulia PUTINTSEVA (KAZ) v Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK)

[WC] Miyu KATO (JPN) v Lin ZHU (CHN)

Viktorija GOLUBIC (SUI) v [WC] Misaki DOI (JPN)

[5] Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (AUS) v Fiona FERRO (FRA)

COURT YOUME TOWN

Play starts at 11.30am

Alison RISKE (USA) v Saisai ZHENG (CHN) [7]

Yingying DUAN (CHN) v Luksika KUMKHUM (THA)

Not before 4pm; after rest
Polona HERCOG (SLO) / Tamara ZIDANSEK (SLO) v Harriet DART (GBR) / Priscilla HON (AUS)

COURT 3

Play starts at noon

Anna ZAJA (GER) v Sílvia SOLER-ESPINOSA (ESP)

Not before 1.30pm
Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) or [WC] Urszula RADWANSKA (POL) v [Alt] Hiroko KUWATA (JPN)

After rest if required
Arina RODIONOVA (AUS) v Anna ZAJA (GER) or Sílvia SOLER-ESPINOSA (ESP)

COURT 9

Play starts at 1.30pm

Varvara FLINK (RUS) v Priscilla HON (AUS)

Yuxuan ZHANG (CHN) v Danielle LAO (USA) or Su Jeong JANG (KOR)

MATCH FACTS

Miyu Kato is one of four home players in the main draw, alongside fellow wildcards Misaki Doi, Nao Hibino and the Japanese No.2, Kurumi Nara.

Misaki Doi's best showing at the tournament came in 2012, when she reached the semifinal at Osaka, one of the event's previous homes - where she lost to Heather Watson.

Miyu Kato hopes to emulate her showing from last year in Tokyo, when she reached the final before losing to Zarina Diyas.

Yulia Putintseva has won both previous meetings with Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, prevailing in Launceston in 2012 and again in Doha four years later.

Saisai Zheng's sole success in five meetings with Alison Riske came in Tokyo, over three sets in 2015.