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WTA BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games, 13:00 – Pliskova v Safarova
Safarova usually starts the season well but she hasn’t done this year. yesterday’s win over Mladenovic was her first victory in 2015. She served exceptionally well losing just 2 points on her first serve and winning 69% of points on her second.
Pliskova as expected has served well in her two matches this week. She was still broken 3 times by Beck in the last round though. Several of the women were in action at the weekend in Fed Cup matches so be careful of Pliskova running out of steam.
This is their first meeting on a hard court. Safarova starts at 1.66 but we could easily see that trading higher in the first set. Pliskova won’t want 3 sets today so is likely to come out swinging in the first few games.
Tough one to call pre match as it depends a lot on Pliskova’s energy levels but Safarova winning in 3 looks a possibility.
WTA BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games, 14:30 – Suarez Navarro v Schiavone
This is the third time these two have met. Each match has been a quarter final but this is the first one away from the clay. They have one win each.
Schiavone made a poor start to 2014 but she is on fire at the start of this season. She already has 5 wins at this tournament as she had to come through the qualifying rounds. She beat the promising Dodin in the qualies and Koukalova and Kerber in the main draw. I thought she would do well against Kerber but wasn’t expecting 6-1, 6-1!
Carla struggled in her last match with Niculescu. Despite have won both their previous meetings she seemed confused by Niculescu’s slice and couldn’t find any consistency. However after the first set Niculescu received treatment for her back and wasn’t able to serve as she had been. Niculescu won just 2 more games in the next 2 sets.
Suarez Navarro starts at 1.65 but I don’t think she will have an easy day at the office. She has started slowly in both her matches this week and that is nothing new to her. When Schiavone is confident she can be a formidable presence and if Carla is a little unsure of herself she could feel intimidated.
It should be a close one. Three sets would be no surprise but I have to favour Schiavone.
ATP Memphis Open, 19:00 – Young v Tomic
Both had good wins in the last round. Tomic came from a break down in the second set to beat Dolgopolov in straights. Young beat fellow American Kudla also in straight sets.
Young will have the crowd behind him but it hasn’t helped him much in previous years. His record in Memphis is poor.
The stats for the last 6 months favour Young in every category except service holds.
Tomic starts at 1.62 which too low but if he can maintain his current level of play he should take this. 1.85 is a fairer price on him.