Week 2 got under way and things were a little more “normal” with most players performing as expected (more or less).
At the Heineken Open Donald Young starts at 1.43 against Delbonis.
Delbonis is nothing special away from clay courts but that has to be too low. I’d expect Young ( sorry. OLYMPIAN Donald Young ) to get the win on this surface but he is likely to trade higher.
Update:Young did trade higher but won 7-5, 6-2.
Kanepi leads the head to heads with Kerber 2-1 but it was Kerber who won their most recent meeting which was at the US Open last season.
Kerber starts at 1.54 and considering the battle she had with Cibulkova in the last round I think we have a fair chance of her trading higher.
Kanepi has started the season pretty well. she took a below par Sharapova to 3 sets last week.
I’ll be happy if I can back Kerber above 1.70.
Update: No higher price. Kerber won 6-3, 6-4.
Neither Garcia Lopez or Haase is in a great run of form. Garcia Lopez lost quite weakly to Paire last week and Haase went down equally limply to Dimitrov.
Haase starts as slight favourite at 1.85 but as much as I hate to say it I am favouring Garcia Lopez in this one. It has 3 sets written all over it though.
Update: Garcia Lopez won 4-6, 7-5, 7-6.
Stepanek looks too low at 1.25 against home player Groth.
Groth can serve well and with the Aussie crowd behind him I’d expect him to take the sets close to tie breaks. His game is very one dimensional and it will need a poor service game from Stepanek for Groth to get a break.
That price has to trade higher and even a break point will give us a decent swing.
Lay Stepanek below 1.20 in the early games.
Update: Groth took the opening set in a tie break but Stepanek came back to win 6-7, 7-6, 6-2.