13th Feb 2014

With power cuts hitting Worcester yesterday evening I decided the best option was to take the evening off. As it happened we weren’t affected although many were without power and hot water for several hours. At least we can’t get flooded here as we are on the top of a hill!

 

Tommy Haas had a real battle with Verdasco yesterday.

They shared two tie breaks sets and Haas came through 7-5 in the third.

Janowicz surprised me against Benneteau when he fought back from losing the opening set. I thought that having had a great week last week and no points to defend this week that if he went behind he would roll over. So it looks like he is interested in working hard in Rotterdam and having had an extra day’s rest he must be in with a great chance.

Haas played the final in Zagreb at the weekend and you have to feel his legs are heavy. That match with Verdasco will have left him very low on energy.

I expect Haas to try to start quickly. if he is to win this one he has to do it in straight sets so I can see him trying a high risk strategy in the opening set. He will be going for the lines and trying to end points quickly.

I am going with Janowicz but not at 1.60 . I am hoping Haas can get his nose in front and we can get 1.80 or better on the Pole.

Update: Janowicz won 6-4, 6-4.

 

Kvitova had a great win for the Shark Tips service last night. She and Venus had gone into their usual third set and the American was leading 4-2 . I wasn’t hopeful. However Kvitova fought back and served for the match at 5-4 and had a match point at 40-30. Her serve was looking shaky and she was of course broken. She won a very tight tie break to take the win.

Her opponent today is Safarova. She was drafted into Fed Cup duty at the weekend despite having initially withdrawn due to illness. She also had a long 3 set match yesterday with Peng.

Kvitova played a very typical match for her. At times her ground strokes were amazing and yet she struggled so often to hold serve. I expect the same from her today but against a tiring opponent she should get the job done.

I’m not interested at 1.40 though and will wait for a higher entry. An early Safarova break would be perfect.

Update: Kvitova won 7-6, 5-7, 6-2.

 

So Wickmayer has beaten Petkovic and Wozniacki in straight sets? The difference today for her against Cepelova is that she is expected to win.

They played just once before which was at last year’s Australian Open and Wickmayer won 7-6, 7-5.

Cepelova reached the quarter finals in Shenzen and is more than capable of winning this one. I will look to lay Wickmayer when she is a break ahead. This should be another tight match.

Update: An odd yet strangely typical WTA scoreline. Wickmayer won 1-6, 6-2, 6-0.

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