WTA Luxembourg Open, 16:00 – Larsson v Zahlavova Strycova
Larsson was close to being knocked out yesterday. Hercog won the first set in a tie break and then served for the match at 5-4 in the second. Larsson took 9 of the next 10 games to win the match.
Zahlavova Strycova was also put under s a lot of pressure by Van Uytvanck but scraped through in 2 tight sets.
Head to heads are 1-1 but they haven’t played for 4 years.
Larsson looked full of confidence once she had taken that second set yesterday but I expect BZS to be the stronger player in this one. She starts at 1.55 but i think Larsson will start well and we will get a price near evens on Zahlavova Strycova. I will wait for that higher price. It could be a messy match with a few swings in the price.
WTA Kremlin Cup, 18:00 – Cibulkova v Diatchenko
Top seed Cibulkova starts at 1.66 against the 140th ranked qualifier. That’s not surprising as she has lost both her matches since reaching the quarter finals in Tokyo and has struggled with injury recently.
Diatchenko has been amazingly consistent in her last 6 tournaments. They were ITF events but she reached 3 finals, 2 quarter finals and a semi final. She won two of the finals. Obviously Cibulkova is a huge step in class but the pocket rocket is far from her best right now.
The Russian crowd will obviously be cheering their girl on but unless Cibulkova is still having issues with her ankle she should find a way to win this.
Diatchenko has only played one main draw WTA match in the last 2 years. She won that due to Govortsova retiring. I won’t be surprised if Cibulkova trades higher though.
ATP Stockholm Open, 19:30 – Dolgopolov v Mannarino
Dolgopolov starts at 1.80 which is due to him having recent injuries. Since his third round finish at Wimbledon he has lost 3 of his last 4 matches. He was favourite in 2 of them and started just above evens in the other.
Mannarino has been doing ok on the Challenger hard courts since his third round at the US Open he won a title in Istanbul and reached the semi finals last week in Tashkent. He knocked out Baghdatis in 3 sets in the first round this week.
I think Mannarino will be ahead in the match but I am not sure i trust him to close out the match. I will not be entering at the start of the match and will probably wait for a lower price on Dolgopolov before laying him. I think it could get messy towards the end so will aim to be greened (or redded!) well before the end of the match.