The Agut/Gulbis and Beck/BZS matches have been covered for the Shark Tips service.
Prices in the remaining matches aren’t great pre match. There have been a lot of lower ranked players this week taking advantage of reduced motivation from the favourites.
WTA Kremlin Cup, 10:00 – Safarova v Begu
Begu has certainly played above her usual level this week and has beaten Makarova and Pironkova.
Safarova had a good win over local favourite Kuznetsova in the quarter final. She played pretty much as expected with her serve getting her out of trouble a few times.
They haven’t played before but obviously this is Safarova’s to win or lose. if she continues to play as she has in the previous rounds then Begu will struggle.
Safarova starts at 1.26 and one of her slow starts would be perfect to give us a better entry price.
WTA Kremlin Cup, 12:00 – Pavlyuchenkova v Siniakova
Pavlyuchenkova didn’t have things easy in the quarter final against Diatchenko. The younger Russian qualifier had already beaten Cibulkova in the previous round.
Siniakova has had a remarkable week for someone who hadn’t won a main draw WTA match until this season. She came through qualifying and has already beaten. Once in the main draw she has knocked out Vesnina, Mladenovic and Giorgi.
If Pavlyuchenkova isn’t at her best she will not find this match easy. Siniakova has been solid on serve this week but Giorgi had 15 break points and broke her 7 times. She will need to serve better in this one.
Pavlyuchenkova’s double faults haven’t been too bad by her standards. She had 5 in the last round. She starts at 1.42 and will have the crowd right behind her. I think she will trade higher but this is going to be a real test of Siniakova’s nerve.
If Pavlyuchenkova’s serve isn’t working well she can easily throw away at least 1 set but her greater experience and home advantage should prove to be enough to get her to the final.