Sam Smith, former British No.1 and TV tennis commentator, makes her picks for this week's Toray Pan Pacific Open in Osaka, Japan.
September 16, 2019

Sam Smith makes her WTA Fantasy picks for the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Osaka.

Naomi Osaka (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Naomi Osaka

 

“I’m going with Naomi because I feel she’s turned a corner. The US Open is out of the way, and I thought she was serving far better in New York. I also liked the way she played in Japan last year, handling the pressure after her win at Flushing Meadows. With her serve, the quick hardcourts in Osaka will suit her.”

 

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Donna Vekic 2019 US Open Getty

Donna Vekic

 

“I’m a huge fan of Donna. I thought the way she played through to the quarterfinals at the US Open showed a real breakthrough and I believe she is ready to make an assault on the world’s Top 10. Definitely one to watch in Asia and moving forward.”

 

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Camila Giorgi (Getty Images)

Camila Giorgi

 

“Camila has been a bit ‘in and out’ this year but she’s one of those players you can never underestimate. She hits the ball very hard and flat and is especially dangerous on a court that is playing quickly, as long as she keeps her consistency up.”

 

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Kristina Mladenovic (Getty)

Kristina Mladenovic

 

“Kiki has started to play much better since working with coach Sascha Bajin and she’s someone I feel is going to win a lot of matches on the faster hardcourts. I think she’s really motivated to get her ranking back up before the end of the year, and I see her having a really good Asian swing.”

 

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