WTA Finals, Singapore, Round Robin: Kerber v Halep (12:30)

Halep leads their previous meetings 4-3. Kerber has won 3 of their 4 matches this year. Halep’s win was the only one that went to 3 sets.

Both players looked good in their opening matches though once their respective opponents started to up their level they were put under real pressure.kerber51

Kerber broke Cibulkova right at the start of their match and Cibulkova eventually broke back for 4-4. Her level dropped a little in set 2 and Cibulkova gained in confidence to take the match to a third set. Cibulkova broke first in set 3 but 2 breaks from Kerber gave her the match.

Keys started her match with Halep fairly well but when she was broken in her second service game she fell apart.  In set 2 Halep against took the first break of serve. Keys did break back but then immediately lost her serve again!

Today both players will have periods of the match where they are on top. This looks like a 3 setter but I have to go with Kerber for the win.

I will have part stake on her at the start and will add the rest if she gets broken


WTA Finals, Singapore, Round Robin: Radwanska v Kuznetsova (10:00)

Kuznetsova leads their previous meetings 12-4. Their most recent match was last month in Wuhan and Kuznetsova won in 3 sets. She has won 8 of their last 9 matches.

This is a tricky match to predict. No one expected Radwanska to win the WTA finals last year. She has had a strong season in 2016. She withdrew from her quarter final in Tianjin 2 weeks ago. She had won the title in radwanska15Beijing the week prior to that.

Kuznetsova successfully defended her title in Moscow last week to win a late entry into the WTA Finals. She has had one of her most consistent seasons for a while.

Radwanska will be the more rested player but I think we will see a close match. I’ll be laying Radwanska below 1.25 in the early games. Good chance of 3 sets. I give a slight edge to Radwanska but initial value is on Kuznetsova.


WTA Finals, Simgapore, Round Robin: Kerber v Cibulkova (13:30)

Their head to heads stand at 4-4. Their last match was in October last year. Kerber won in Beijing on a hard court in straight sets. She has won their last 4 matches in straight sets on hard courts ( 1 was indoors).

In Singapore last year Kerber lost 2 of her 3 round robin matches. There are extra distractions from sponsors, endorsements and media attention when you are a slam winner and also when you’re world number 1. Kerber has won 2 slams as well as taking the top spot so she is a hot property. Her form since reaching number 1 has dropped a little.cibulkova15

Cibulkova is making her first appearance at the year end finals in Singapore though she did reach the finals in Sofia in 2014.  I think she will enjoy the experience. I expect her to take at least a set here.

Lay Kerber if she breaks first. There will be a lot of pressure on her shoulders this week.

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