Australian Open – Sunday

Midnight – Bondarenko v Zheng

 

Rankings are 30 and 35. Head to heads are 1-1.

 

Bondarenko hasn’t lost a set so far this week whereas Zheng has had to fight through 3 sets in every round.

 

Bondarenko beat Zheng in straight sets just last week. I expect the same result here. The brave among you can back Bondarenko from the start and green up when she wins the first set. However you will have some work to do if she goes a break of serve down.

 

Best to look for 15-40 opportunities or to use the scalping entry points that are outlined on the members’ site.

 

Update:  Not the easiest of matches to trade. Some service games were held to love and then their next service game would be lost to love. Sounds like typical WTA stuff but it gave soe people in the chatroom some problems. Right to the end of the match we had little idea which way it was going.

 

Zheng eventually won 7-6, 6-4.

 

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04:00 – Cilic v Del Potro

 

Rankings are 14 and 5. Head to heads are 2-0 to Del Potro.

 

Del Potro hasn’t had a straight sets victory yet and yesterday’s 4 setter will have put a strain on his suspect right wrist.  Mayer pushed him quite hard and DP lost the second set 6-0.

 

Del Potro’s price is 1.55 which seems attractive however does that suggest that he isn’t 100% fit? I didn’t watch the match but maybe there were signs of the wrist injury causing him some discomfort.

 

Both players have big and (usually) reliable serves so once you have watched the opening 2 or 3 games back the player who seems more in control of their own service games ( back them on serve).

I expect to see 1 or 2 tie breaks and it could be 4 or 5 sets especially if Del Potro’s wrist plays him up.

 

Del Potro to progress to the next round.

 

Update: A very tight match and another that was difficult to read. Del Potro took the opening set but the next 2 went Cilic’s way. Del Potro looked to be down and out and he was getting angry at line calls every 2 minutes.

 

However he managed to win the 4th set. Cilic came through a tough match by taking the decider.

 

I paid the price for trading tired. 7 hours sleep in 3 days just isn’t enough and i am sure I fell asleep at least a couple of times. In the end I was happy to walk away with a loss of £145. The 2 matches I had traded earlier in the night had brough a profit of £250 so I was up on the whole night. Hopefully by the next Oz Open I will be trading full time and will be on proper night shift sleep patterns!

 

 Cilic won 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

 

 

10:00 – Roddick v Gonzalez

 

Rankings are 6 and 11. Heads to heads are 8-3 in Roddick’s favour.

 

Roddick is an obvious favourite. His big serve has been doing its job this week but some of his ground strokes have been a little too conservative.

 

Gonzalez’ attitude can be poor if things aren’t going his own way but he has been in decent form here. He could push Roddick during the opening couple of sets but the American SHOULD have enough to win the match.

 

Roddick’s price is juist about high enough to back him on his service games. Green up after each game as I can see him struggling to break the Gonzalez serve for much of the first set.

 

Roddick to win in 4 sets.

 

Update: Yet another tight match! Gonzalez really tested the American and took a 2 sets to 1 lead. The 4th set was close with Roddick getting a late break to level the match. The deciding set was more one sided with Roddick taking it 6-2.

 

Roddick won 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

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