Charleston, 18:00 – Cepelova v Petkovic
What a week Cepelova has had. She has beaten Serena, Vesnina, Hantuchova and in the semi final beat new wonder kid Bencic in a third set tie break. That’s a lot of tennis for someone not used to going deep into tournaments.
She has won ITF events before but this is her first main tour final. Even though she has the confidence that you would expect from a 20 year old this is such a huge day for her and nerves have to be a factor.
Petkovic has finally managed to string a few wins together. She has had a couple of very easy matches against Lino and, surprisingly, Lisicki but Safarova and Bouchard both took her to 3 sets. Bouchard was one of my Shark Tips selections and things were looking hopeful when the Canadian led 4-2 in the third set. Petkovic handled the situation better and 2 breaks later she had taken the set 7-5.
Petkovic has been as high as 9th in the world and her greater experience of the big matches will help her immensely today. Her SP of 1.38 is a little low though. I will look to back her if she goes a break behind in the early games.
Monterrey, Midnight – Jaksic v Ivanovic
Jaksic was my other Shark Tips pick yesterday. She was under dog against Date Krumm. What a character she is! The girl’s totally NUTS! Looking at some of her reactions to winning points I wouldn’t be surprised if she was wired up for electric shocks. She also has one the strangest “grunts” I have ever heard. She sounds like my dog when he is dreaming.
She never stops fighting though. Date Krumm had her chances and both had major problems from the service line especially in the second set.
Ivanovic hasn’t made many headlines so far. She has looked very solid apart from her bizarre 0-6 set against Rybarikova in their quarter final. She beat Wozniacki in two tight sets in the semi final.
Jaksic has fired a few aces this week but I can’t see her serve being good enough tonight. Ivanovic will be teeing off on her second serve.
Ivanovic starts at 1.15 which is no price to back any WTA player. Even Ivanovic 2-0 is at 1.44 so unless Ivanovic has a real nightmare at the start I probably won’t be involved in this one.