Stosur v Kirilenko:
US Open champion Stosur plays her first match since that final. She leads the head heads 4-2 with their last meeting being in the US Open. Stosur won that in 3 sets.
Kirilenko is also in good form reaching the semi finals last week where she lost in 3 sets to Scheepers.
Stosur should be refreshed after her break and as long as the added media attention that she is bound to get doesn’t deflect her concentration from the match then I would expect her to win in straight sets. Her big serve and strong ground strokes ought to prove too much.
Update: Stosur sent her twin sister to play the match for her. Unfortunately Sharon is crap at tennis. Stosur started ok but her backhand looked weak. She soon lost confidence in it and Kirilenko exploited it. Stosur was a million miles away from the player who beat Williams. Kirilenko took the set.
In a tight second set Kirilenko won a break of serve and Stosur looked to be going out. However she broke back and then broke Kirilenko to take the set.
They exchanged breaks in the final set but it was Kirilienko who hung on to win.
Kirilenko won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Andreev v Young:
Young made a name for himself in the American section of the ATP tour with some great performances including a semi final in the Legg Mason Classic.
Andreev hasn’t been doing quite so well although wins over Tomic and Melzer in the Winston-Salem Open stand out.
Andreev’s recent record on indoor courts isn’t too good and he has lost 5 of his last 6.
Young’s game is well suited to the windless environment of indoor courts as he doesn’t cope well with blustery conditions.
Andreev reached the semi finals last year so has some added motivation to do well to defend those points.
Even though Americans don’t travel well I am going with Young on this one and his starting price of 1.72 is very attractive. He will have to fight for it though and won’t have the American crowd to lift him if the going gets tough. Andreev will need to improve greatly on his recent Davis cup form.
Update: Young didn’t look comfortable at all and was broken in the first game. Andreev was playing very well and serving well and Young didn’t seem to know what to do. His body language wasn’t good. Andreev kept his lead until he was serving for the set but was broken for 5-5 . The players then exchanged further breaks and the set went into a tie break. Young took the set. Early in the second set Andreev retired.
Even though I predicted the correct winner I left this game with a loss. After the first break I layed Andreev ( having started with a small back on Young at the start). I stuck with that position until late in the set but just didn’t believe Young could break. Ofcourse as soon as I was out he broke which would have left me with a decent green!
Young won 7-6, 2-1(ret)