WTA Bastad: Barthel v Larsson (2:30pm)

Barthel leads their previous matches 3-2. They last met In Luxembourg in October 2016. Larsson won on an indoor hard court in straight sets.  She won their only clay match in the final of this tournament in 2015, She won in 2 sets.

Barthel has better stats on clay this season. She won the title in Prague and made the 3rd round in Rome but her last 2 clay tournaments saw her lose as

Barthel can give Larsson problems today.

favourite in the 1st round.

Larsson’s recent form on clay is stronger. She won an ITF title on clay 2 weeks ago and last week got to the quarter finals in Gstaad losing to Bertens in straight sets.

This looks like being a 3 setter. Some value on Barthel to take a set at least.

Lay Larsson below 1.40. She starts around 1.67.

Remove or reduce liability if Barthel then breaks and holds her own serve.

WTA Bastad: Siniakova v Peterson (3:30pm)

Peterson won their only previous meeting. That was at this tournament in 2015 and she won in straight sets.

Peterson has better overall results this year.  Apart from Wimbledon she has only played on clay in 2017.  Her clay results are also better than Siniakova’s  this season. She also has better stats on clay this year. She is playing at home but

Can Peterson take advantage of Siniakova’s poor form?

has only won matches at this tournament in 2015.

Siniakova didn’t have a good grass season with just 1 win from 4 matches. She was very strong on clay last year and reached the final of this tournament. She has not reached that level so far this season and her confidence can not be high. Extra pressure on her this week as she tries to defend her final ranking points.

Some value on Peterson to take a set. Lay Siniakova below 1.40. She starts around 1.55.

WTA Gstaad, Final: Kontaveit v Bertens (10:30)

Kontaveit won their only previous meeting. That was in New Haven, USA in August 2016. She won on a hard court in straight sets.

Much better results for Kontaveit this year. On clay they are more even. She has slightly better stats this year on clay.

Bertens’ recent results are a little better with both having 2 good weeks either side of the French Open.

Kontaveit is favourite for the title.

Kontaveit has lost just 1 set this week and Bertens has won all her matches in straight sets. Kontaveit’s stats this week are better in every category other than service holds. She held 82% of her service games compared to Bertens’ 93% of service games held.

We have some value on Bertens to take a set but I see Kontaveit winning in 3. Lay Bertens if she breaks first

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