WTA China Open, 09:45 – Petkovic v Stosur
Petkovic leads their previous matches 2-1. The most recent was in February this year on an indoor hard court. Petkovic won in 3 sets. Stosur’s win was on clay.
Stosur has a better win /loss record in the last 12 months against the same opponents although Petkovic’s individual stats are better.
Petkovic reached the 3rd round last year. She beat an injured Bouchard in the last round. Stosur reached the semis last year. She beat Niculescu in the 1st round.
Back Stosur above 2.10 . I think we see 3 sets today and I give her a slight edge.
WTA China Open, 11:00 – Duque Marino v Bacsinszky
Bacsinszky leads their previous meetings 2-1. The most recent was in June last season on grass. Bacsinszky won in 2 sets.
I wasn’t sure Bacsinszky would be fit for this week. She pulled out of the tournament last week due to not being over an injury. She lost her opening set 1-6 to Giorgi but won in 3.
Duque Marino had a strong win as underdog against Pironkova. She had come through the qualifying rounds.
I am still not convinced that Bacsinszky is 100% and I expect Duque Marino to make her work very hard.
Lay Bacsinszky below 1.20