18th Sep 2014

WTA Korea Open, 04:00 – Rybarikova v Wickmayer

Wickmayer leads the head to heads 3-1. She has won their last 3 meetings. Their most recent was in Auckland last season.

Rybarikova’s stats for the last 3 months are much stronger. She beat Schiavone in the last round. It was a very solid performance although her first serve percentage could have been a little better. She only gave Schiavone 3 break point chances and saved 1 of them.

Wickmayer, as always, played an up and down match in the first round. Minella took the opening set easily before Wickmayer took the next two tight sets. She hit  10 double faults and gave 16 break points although she saved 13 of them. A stronger opponent won’t waste so many.

Rybarikova starts at 1.53 but I will wait for 1.70 or better before backing her



WTA Korea Open, 06:00 – Kirilenko v Koukalova

They have met 7 times and Kirilenko leads 4-3. Their last meeting was in May last season on clay and Koukalova retired early in the second set.

Kirilenko has had some injury issues this season. I wasn’t sure she was ready to beat Vekic in the last round. Vekic looked to be in control but Kirilenko fought back.

Koukalova had a rollercoaster  match with Bertens. She won the first set 6-0 but Bertens leveled the match. The third set was very close.

Koukalova has a good record on hard courts. beating Vekic is one things but this is going to be a tougher match for Kirilenko. Both players usually have matches with plenty of price swings and I don’t expect this one to be any different.

I am giving a slight edge to Koukalova but hope to be greened up well before the end of the match.



ATP Moselles, 11:00 – Kamke v Goffin

Obviously Goffin has been in superb and consistent form in recent months but if Kamke plays as aggressively as he can I don’t think Goffin will have it all his own way.

Kamke did beat him earlier this year on grass but that was before Goffin’s spike in form.

Goffin’s indoor experience is limited compared to his opponents and 1.29 looks too low. I won’t be backing him at that price and will lay if he drops below 1.20 . I do expect Goffin to take it but Kamke has surprised us a few times this season and he could keep it close.

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