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ATP Topshelf Open, 11:45 – Lu v Mannarino
Mannarino leads 2-0. They have never played on grass.
Lu is no pushover on grass. He took a set from Wawrinka at Wimbledon and beat Karlovic in Halle.
Mannarino hasn’t had much success on the clay but it is his weakest surface. He has done reasonably well on hard courts this year. His grass game is OK without being spectacular. He reached the quarters at Queens Club last year but lost in the first round of this event.
I think Lu will be competitive in this one. Back Mannarino when a break behind. The sets should be tight. Mannarino starts around 1.63 .
WTA Topshelf Open, 13:00 – Larsson v Koukalova
Koukalova won their only completed match which was on clay in 2010.
It has been a good season from Larsson so far. She is poor on grass though.
Koukalova reached the semis of this event last year and also the quarter finals in Birmingham. Her form this season has been up and down (mainly down). She can play well at any time but the poor matches have outweighed the good in 2015.
Larsson will fight all the way but she needs a poor day from Koukalova to get the win.
Back Koukalova when she’s a break behind. I expect a lot of breaks of serve in this one.