I would have posted a preview from Kuala Lumpur but I had a minor nightmare with the Trading Spreadsheet where my PC refused to save updated copies! By the time I had done the sheet 3 times I needed a break 🙂
The Goerges v Kozlova match is covered for the Shark Tips service.
WTA Abierto Monterrey, 21:00 – Mladenovic v Zvonareva
They have never met. The 6 month stats all favour Zvonareva.
Mladenovic’s first serve was very effective last night but she didn’t get enough of them in play. Her first serve percentage was 49% and she won just 46% of second serve points. She almost choked the second set and was broken when serving for the match. However she broke back in the next game to take the win.
Zvonareva was much better over all in the last round. Riske hit a very high percentage of first serves in but I suspect she wasn’t serving at full speed and power as she won less than half her first serve points.
These two can be tough to predict but I am going with Mad Vera Zvonareva. I need a higher entry price before backing though. Laying the first player to take a break lead should give a good trade.
WTA Abierto Monterrey, 01:00 – Babos v Errani
Head to heads are 1-1. Both matches were on hard courts. Errani won in 2 sets in 2013 and Babos in 3 sets in 2012.
The 6 month stats show Babos better on serve and Errani better on return. No surprises there! Errani has had real issues on her serve this year.
Babos has come through the qualification rounds. She has dropped just 1 set in 4 matches so far. She has served well with her 2nd serve points won only dropping below 50% against Bondarenko. Her win over Errani was in the semi final of this tournament in 2012.
Errani had a surprisingly easy win over Davis in the first round. Her serve stats were pretty solid. She has won 8 of her last 10 matches. She ran out of energy in her second round match last week but has had time to rest. She should be able to take this but Babos could give her a scare or two.
Errani starts around 1.60. I am hoping for a slow start from her if I am still up at that time!