WTA s-Hertogenbosc, 10:00 – Glushko is more of a clay court player and reached the third round of the French Open she has won through two qualifying rounds to get to this stage. her last one was against the unpredictable Rus in 3 sets. Most of her previous grass court experience has been on the ITF circuit but her rise into the top 100 has been quite recent.
Beck started the season in promising fashion with a semi final in Shenzhen and third rounds in Doha and Indian Wells but she hasn’t had a good clay season. Clay certainly is her weakest surface but only reaching one second round since March won’t have done much for her confidence.
Beck starts as a 1.62 market favourite and it would be a brave person who backed her at the SP. I will be very surprised if she doesn’t trade higher and it wouldn’t be a massive shock if Glushko were to win the match.
ATP Eastbourne, 11:00 – Karlovic and Chardy’s losses last week were matches with nothing but tie breaks. Karlovic lost 6-7, 6-7 to Lu and Chardy went down 7-6, 6-7, 6-7 to Querrey.
It’s hard to imagine this match not having at least 1 tie break. Backing the server at 0-15 or 0-30 is an option.
ATP Eastbourne, 11:00 – Dan Evans had a good win over Melzer last week but then looked pretty clueless against Anderson. He has another Wild Card this week. He plays Tobias Kamke who has had little success on the grass other than a random semi final In Newport in 2011.
Evans needs to start taking advantage of all the wild cards he gets in Britain. He was made to look very ordinary by Anderson but Kamke doesn’t have the big serve that the South African has and Evans will get more chances to get into rallies.
They have played once before and Kamke won in straight sets but that was over 4 years ago and so pretty much irrelevant.
Kamke starts as a 1.75 favorite but this is a very winnable match for Evans. If I can get a lay on Kamke below 1.50 I will take it.
WTA Eastbourne, 15:00 – Cornet doesn’t have a good record at Eastbourne. She has been there 4 times and is yet to win a match. Admittedly last season she met Li Na in the first round. Since she won the title in Katowicz in April her form has taken a dip with 3 losses as a strong favourite.
Jovanovski has only been past the second round once this season. That was in Hobart in January. She has lost her last 5 matches. She has won a main draw match at Eastbourne. She beat Pavlyuchenkova in the first round in 2011 having won through 3 qualifying rounds.
They have never played before which I find a little surprising. Cornet starts as favourite at 1.68 . I don’t want to back her below evens in this one although I am favouring her to get the win. I will wait to back her when she goes an early break behind.
The 3 months stats are stronger for Cornet with the exception of service holds which are slightly edged by Jovanovski.