WTA Connecticut Open, Q Final: Kvitova v Makarova (21:00)

Kvitova leads their previous matches 5-4. Their last meeting was this month on a hard court and she won in 3 sets. Makarova won their other 2 matches this year on grass and hard court.

Makarova has had a couple of decent straight sets wins so far. She beat Sevastova and Errani.

Kvitova lost her opening set of the week to Chirico. She has looked very focused since. Bouchard broke her early and took a 3-1 lead before Kvitova reeled off 5 straight games in the last round.

This is Kvitova’s tournament but this could be a tough match for her. A little value on Makarova at the start but I favour Kvitova to win.

Wait for 1.80 on Kvitova


ATP Winston Salem Open, 3rd round: Baghdatis v Bautista Agut (Midnight)

Baghdatis won their only previous meeting In february this year. He won on a hard court in straight sets.

I was surprised that Bautista Agut had some problems with Bedene in the last round. He didn’t serve that badly and was only broken once but it took him a set and a half to get a break through.

Baghdatis was in control of his match with Donald Young last night but let the second set slip with a late break. Things were tight in the 3rd set but Young called the trainer after he was broken for 3-4.

This should be a close match and Bautista Agut may be looking to prepare for next week where he has 4th round ranking points to defend..

Some value on Baghdatis. A lay on Bautista Agut below 1.40 would be nice.


WTA Connecticut Open, 2nd round: Larsson v Rogers (17:00)

Larsson won their only previous meeting which was in February this year in Acapulco. She won on a hard court in 3 sets.

Larsson lost in the qualifying rounds to Ana Konjuh but got a Lucky Loser place in the main draw. She beat Bacsinszky in the main draw but I am not convinced that Bacsinszky was totally up for the match. Larsson had not won a set from her in their previous 5 matches.

Rogers had a surprisingly easy win over Mladenovic in the last round. She lost just 2 games. I am going with Rogers for this one and think we see another 3 setter from them. She can often raise her game in front of a home crowd.

I will back Rogers with part stake at the start and will lay Larsson if she breaks serve.

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