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The ASB Classic is currently in progress in Auckland, New Zealand. Nao Hibino takes on Danka Kovinic in the round of 32. Lear Locks breaks down this tennis match.

ASB Classic Prediction, Pick: Nao Hibino vs. Danka Kovinic Auckland Best Bet

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With the ASB Classic underway, I thought I'd share one of my favorite bets of the day. I'm going to be looking at the Round of 32 match between Nao Hibino and Danka Kovinic.

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Nao Hibino vs. Danka Kovinic Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

Time: 3:30 am ET

Where to Watch: ATP

Nao Hibino vs. Danka Kovinic Prediction

Nao Hibino comes into this match having won two matches in qualifying. She has been a hit-or-miss player her entire career but she has the talent to be a really good tennis player. Now she faces off against Danka Kovinic in the first round of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.

This should be a very competitive match. Kovinic isn’t as good as her ranking suggests. She did have a very bad 2022 tennis season and I don’t expect much to change in 2023.

This might be the last match of the night in New Zealand but it will be a very good match to watch. Nao Hibino battled through the qualifying rounds and beat some very tough opponents. She overcame adversity in both of her matches that went three sets each. Hibino has a lot of talent, however, she is super inconsistent and makes some unforced errors. That said, her style of play does give her the advantage against Danka Kovinic.

Kovinic is the kind of player who is either very good or very bad, there's very little in between. Kovinic is way better on clay surfaces than hardcourt, which doesn't bode well for her tonight. Hibino's strong surface is the hardcourt and this is a very fast hardcourt in Auckland.

Everything is pointing to Hibino in this matchup.

Hibino is a grinder, and she won’t quit no matter what the score is. The smart play is to fade Kovinic in this match. She isn’t the player she once was, and she makes way too many mistakes now. She hasn’t played competitive tennis in over three months, so she'll be at a disadvantage.

I expect Hibino to be ready for this matchup and Kovinic to be really rusty and make a lot of mistakes. So let’s ride Nao Hibino and cash another tennis pick!

Nao Hibino vs. Danka Kovinic Pick

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One of the best tennis cappers in the industry, Lear Locks will be providing OddsChecker readers with sharp tennis picks and analysis. You can follow him on Twitter at @LEARLOCKS.


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