9th August 2015

Both WTA finals start at the same time. The ATP final between Isner and Nishikori is covered for the Shark Tips service.

 

 

WTA Bank of the West Classic, 22:00 – Pliskova v Kerber

Kerber leads 3-2. On hard courts they are 1-1. Kerber won their last ,meeting in the final in Birmingham on grass. She  won in a third set tie break.

Pliskova lost 3 of her 4 finals this year. She was underdog in the 3 losses. Her win was in her home country.

Kerber has won all 3 of her finals this season. Before this year she had a poor record in finals. She was underdog in 2 of her 2015 finals.

Kerber has played an extra match this week and has played 3 more sets than Pliskova. That shouldn’t make a lot of difference. I am giving Kerber the edge but I think we see 3 sets.

Back Kerber when she is a break behind.

 

 

 

WTA Citi Open, 22:00 – Pavlyuchenkova v Stephens

This is their first meeting. It is also Stephens’ first WTA final. Will she feel the pressure? She is playing in front of a home crowd and the weight of expectation will be huge. She hasn’t dropped a set this week. I was surprised that she won the 2nd set 6-0 over Stosur last night. I had expected Stosur to win.

Pavlyuchenkova has been in danger of getting beaten in 3 of her 4 matches. She won her opening match in  2 tie breaks. Mchale was 4-2 up in their third set but Pavlyuchenkova won in a tie break and in her semi final Makarova retired at 1 set all. It may just be Pavlyuchenkova’s lucky week but I am going with Stephens to get her first title.

Back her when a break or a set down.

 

 

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