Cincinnati 2012, Monday

Fingers crossed that we are rain free this week. With just 2 weeks before  the US Open begins any player with minor injuries may be tempted to either withdraw or not give 100%.

Quarter finalists last year were:

WTA: Petrova v Petkovic, Stosur v Sharapova, Peng v Jankovic, Hantuchova v Zvonareva

(Semis Petkovic v Jankovic, Sharapova v Zvonareva)

(Final Sharapova bt Jankovic))

ATP: Fish v Nadal, Simon v Murray, Federer v Berdych, Djokovic v Monfils

(Semis Murray v Fish, Djokovic v Berdych)

(Final Murray bt Djokovic)

 

We certainly won’t be seeing the same players reaching thwe quarters this year.

 

Lepchenko should be too strong for Babos if she isn’t too fatigued from her third round finish in Montreal. 1.39 is too short though. Lepchenko’s serve wasn’t quite up to its normal standard so a higher price is quite likely.

Update: Lepchenko must have fancied a rest. Babos won 7-6, 6-4.

 

Andujar is more known for his clay court skills than for his hard court game. Recently though he has found some form and has been serving well. Matosevic’s starting price of 1.42 looks too low. They have never played before but I’d expect the first set to be very close. Worth a lay from the start.

Update: The lay worked well as Andujar  took the first set.

Andujar won 6-4,, 6-3.

 

Jankovic and Peng last “met” at Cincinnati in 2011. In reality Peng withdrew before the match. Peng has won their 2 previous matches.

Peng starts at 1.60 and despite Jankovic’s recent form I think we’ll see a higher price on Peng. Consistency-wise both players are a nightmare but I can see us getting a lot of price swings in the one. Peng has been less poor than JJ recently so I’d expect her to take the win.

Update: Actually the standard was pretty good in this one. Jankovic broke first but was immediately broken back. JJ went on to take the set and went a break up in the second set. It was around 2am at that stage and  I went to bed. However a lay of Jankovic would have brought potentially a large profit as Peng fought back to take the set and then took the match in a third set tie break.

Peng won 5-7, 7-5, 7-6.

 

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