Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview serves up some tennis tips for Daria Gavrilova’s Hong Kong Open clash with Monica Niculescu.

Tennis Tips – Daria Gavrilova V Monica Niculescu

12:00 (AEST) @ Victoria Park, Hong Kong

History: First meeting

Final Thoughts: Aussie Daria Gavrilova is aiming for another big run at the Hong Kong Open, where she finished runner-up in 2017.

Gavrilova eliminated the likes of Shelby Rogers and Jennifer Brady on her way to the decider before losing to Ansataisia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.

Currently ranked No.32 in the world, the 24-year-old has chalked up some handy wins of late. She downed Jelena Ostapenko and Barbora Strycova on her way to the Round of 16 at the Wuhan Open. Two weeks ago she thrashed Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-1 at the China Open.

She was strenuously tested in the first round in Hong Kong, however. Gavrilova lost the first set to Zarina Diyas before storming back to win 3-6 7-5 6-1.

Her second-round opponent is veteran Romanian Monica Niculescu. The world No.82 – a former top-30 player – also came from a set down to beat Ons Jabeur in the first round.

Nicolescu lost to Diyas in the qualifiers of the China Open in her previous hit-out.

The 31-year-old has three WTA titles to her name, the last coming at the 2016 Luxembourg Open. She was also a finalist at last year’s Hobart International.

Gavrilova is hunting just her second WTA title but looks a solid chance in Hong Kong. Elina Svitolina, Garbine Murguruza and Wang Qiang loom as potential finalists, but seventh seed Gavrilova is the highest-ranked player left in her half of the draw.

With some confident tennis under her belt in recent weeks, Gavrilova should advance here without too much trouble.

Tip: Set Betting – Gavrilova 2-0 @ $2.10