A good day on the Shark Tips yesterday with 3 of the 4 picks winning (all in 3 sets too!). The start of the season has been tough (for me anyway!) but things have settled down now. Results are available at www.sharktips.co.uk
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3pm is a popular start time today.
ATP Open 13, 15:00 – Simon v Stakhovsky
Simon leads the head to heads 3-0. They haven’t played since 2011.
Stakhovsky has made a very good start to 2015. Just 1 bad match so far ( v Youzhny). He beat Wawrinka in 3 sets yesterday. 1st serve % was high at 69% and he won 76% of points on the 1st serve. 2nd serve was decent at 54% but he didn’t need it much.
Simon didn’t get as many of his 1st serves in play but won 78% of points when he did find the service box. His second serve was strong at 62% of points won. Chardy saved 8 of the 11 bp that Simon had. Simon faced just 3 bp but was broken twice.
The head to head record suggests this isn’t a good match up for Stakhovsky but his form this year means he has a decent chance of at least keeping this close. 3 sets are very possible but I am going with Simon to frustrate his opponent. Stakhovsky prefers short rallies and he won’t get many of those today.
Simon’s SP is a little short. He is no stranger to slow starts.
WTA Dubai Duty Free, 15:00 – Halep v Pliskova
Surprisingly they have never met.
The 6 month stats show Pliskova is stronger on serve and also converts more break point chances. Halep lead everything else. It’s the same story if comparing stats against common opponents.
Despite the 6 month stats Pliskova hasn’t been converting break points well this week. She took 2 from 14 v Muguruza and 4 from 11 v Safarova. She has played a lot of tennis over the last 2 weeks including Fed Cup and her last 3 matches have gone to 3 sets. Halep’s last 2 matches have gone to 3 but she has spent a lot less time on court.
In terms of form Pliskova has the edge but Halep can make her play a lot of long rallies and I think fatigue will play a part today. Pliskova needs to win in 2 so will come out swinging hard.
Halep is too low but will find a way to win.