The Grass season starts today. For many players this will be their first match on the surface since last season and the adjustment from clay isn’t always an easy one.
WTA Birmingham, 11:00 – Lepchenko starts as a 1.65 favourite against Van Uytvanck but I don’t think she will have an easy match at all. Van Uytvanck’s game should work quite well on grass although she doesn’t have many matches under her belt on this surface. Last season she reached the second round in Birmingham as a qualifier.
Lepchenko’s record on the turf isn’t anything to write home about. Other than a third round at Wimbledon in 2012 and a second round at the London Olympics she hasn’t reached the second round in any grass tournament in the last 4 seasons.
Van Uytvanck often makes a slow start so i will be waiting for her to go a break behind before backing her.
Update: Van Uytvanck did make a slow start but just got slower.
Lepchenko won 6-4, 6-0.
ATP Queen’s Club, 12:30 – Tomic should have too much for Smyczek on grass but his starting price of 1.38 is too low. he is another player who can often start slowly and throw in a careless service game. If he goes a break behind early in the first set I’ll be backing him.
Update: Smyczek served for the match in the third set but was broken and Tomic went on to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
WTA Birmingham, 13:00 – Date Krumm handed Pavlyuchenkova a bagel in their French Open clash. Today she plays a clay court specialist on grass and I expect her to be fairly comfortable.
Ormaechea is a real fighter but this isn’t her strongest surface. In fact she has never won a main draw match.
Date Krumm’s consistency should be too much for her.
Update: Easy win for Date Krumm 6-3, 6-1.
ATP Queens Club, 14:30 – Querrey and Chardy start around evens.
Querrey leads the head to heads 2-1 including a win at Queens in 2009 but they haven’t played for over 4 years.
Chardy has been in great recent form. 5 of his last 6 losses were to top 100 opposition.He reached the quarter finals in Rome.
Querrey reached the semi finals at Queens Club in 2012 and the third round at Wimbledon the same year. His return from injury seemed to be going ok but then was forced to withdraw from his semi final in Houston with a back problem. That was in April and since then he has fallen to the first decent player he met each week.
Both players can be inconsistent but if Chardy is in the mood today I think he will have a great chance. Tennis players aren’t the brightest animals ( on court at least) and Querrey is right down near the bottom of the tennis IQ rankings. This match is Chardy’s to win or lose.
Update: Querrey won 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.