19th Feb 2014

A lot of yesterday’s matches weren’t easy to predict the final outcome. Plenty of swings for trades though and we don’t really care who wins when we’re green on both sides 😉

It’s another healthy list of matches again today. Let’s see what we can find.


Dubai (10am) – Wozniacki looked the stronger player in the first couple of games of her match against Lisicki. Then it all went wrong for her. Having crumpled to a 2-6 opening set loss a comeback didn’t look likely. She isn’t the player she used to be and her recoveries aren’t as reliable. However as a lay was the right thing to do in that situation the members’ chatroom users laid Lisicki. It wasn’t plain sailing at first but she came through to take the second and then the third set.

I  thought Beck would give Stosur a decent match but thought the Aussie would be too strong. In the end Stosur pretty much beat herself although a lot of credit to Beck who gave everything.

Wozniacki starts at 1.37  which is no price to be backing her after that first set yesterday. However I think whatever the problem was with her before the recovery I think she will be better prepared to correct it should it happen today.

I can see a fair bit higher price on her and will wait for Beck to go a break ahead before backing Wozniacki.

Update: Wozniacki was broken in the very first game but took control after that. She almost threw both sets away though!

Wozniacki won 6-4, 6-4.


Dubai (12:00) – Jankovic wasn’t impressive yesterday. She beat Zanevska in straight sets but she was broken 4 times.

Safarova was able to come through against Stephens in straight sets despite the American serving for the second set. The match was fairly close but Safarova always looked that little bit stronger. Stephens body language was again terrible and even her coach was clearly frustrated with her as on one of his visits to the court he asked her to, “….give me SOMETHING” when talking about her attitude and the messages she was sending her opponent.

Jankovic starts at 1.50 and even though she has a strong 6-2 head to head record their most recent match which was last September went to 3 sets.

I think Safarova will be able to push Jankovic’s price a fair bit higher. Both has good weeks last week with Jankovic reaching the semi finals and Safarova the third round. In their first round matches this week it was Safarova who looked the fresher player.

3 sets. Slightly favouring Safarova to come through.

Update: Jankovic won 7-5, 6-4.


Rio Open (2pm)Hsieh is concentrating on her doubles now rather than the singles. She did beat Pennetta last week but other than that her results haven’t been good.

Nara’s results have been a little better and her start price of 1.70 is probably a fair one. She has recent wins over Rybarikova and Peng.

I will be looking for an early price above evens to back Nara.

Update: Nara won 6-3, 6-2.

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