10:00 – Vinci v Bondarenko
Rankings are 59 and 29 and head to head is 1-0 to Bondarenko.
Bondarenko is my strong favourite for this match. She has recently beaten Dementieva and Ivanovic. Vinci rarely troubles the higher ranking players.
Bondarenko’s starting price is 1.70 so backing her from the start is tempting. You need to have your strategy in place for when/if the trade goes the wrong way.
The 15-40 should be very profitable due to the fairly even prices at the start.
Bondarenko in straight sets.
Update: Hopefully someone out there with live pics can help us out with this one!
Before the match Vinci’s price dropped like a stone until by the time she had broken serve in the first game she was at 1.30 .
The only real reason that makes sense is that news of an injury or illness from the Bondarenko camp got out.
Vinci won the first set 6-0 and broke in the first game of the second set. Bondarenko did break back straight away but lost the second set 6-2. There are graphs of both players posted in the forum under the “Bondarenko” thread.
If she was ill/injured enough to mean she could barely win a game why did she continue?