WTA St Petersburg, Q Final: Bencic v Pavlyuchenkova (16:30)

Head to heads are  1-1. Their most recent meeting saw Pavlyuchenkova win on a hard court in straight sets. That was in August last season.

Pavlyuchenkova has won 10 of 11 WTA tour matches indoors over the last 12 months. She has an excellent record at the other Russian indoor event in Moscow.

Bencic has won 8 of her last 10 matches. She reached the 4th round at the Australian Open and beat Kerber and Petkovic in straight sets in the recent Fed Cup tie.

I can see this going to 3 sets but I don’t see Pavlyuchenkova letting this go easily in front of her home crowd.

I see some value on Pavlyuchenkova. Bencic starts around 1.53.

Lay Bencic if she breaks early.


ATP Rotterdam, Q Final: Monfils v Zverev (20:00)

Monfils won their only previous meeting in February last season. That was also on an indoor court and he won in straight sets.

Zverev has had some tough matches recently and had an epic battle with Simon yesterday. That isn’t the best preparation to take on Monfils indoors ( or anywhere!).

Monfils should be the fresher player and really needs some wins this week. He faced 13 break points in his last match which wasn’t impressive. Unless Monfils sorts his serve out he may give Zverev too many chances.

I’d expect Monfils to come through a tough, tight match. He starts around 1.32 but I’d prefer 1.60 .


ATP Memphis, 2nd round: Millman v Becker (22:30)

Millman won their only previous meeting in October last season. He won in straight sets on an indoor hard court.

I find Becker frustrating. He has a big serve but just doesn’t protect it enough. His mind wanders during matches. These courts should suit his game perfectly but he struggled in his last match.

Millman has been the more consistent of the 2 players recently and I think he takes this one. He has won matches where he looked to be on his way out.

I need 1.70 before thinking about backing.

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