Cincinnati 2012, Tuesday

A few short rain delays yesterday but nothing like we have seen over recent weeks.

Yesterday saw Dolgopolov throw away his match to Davydenko winning just 2 games.  Donald Young took his losing streak to 17. I think the kindest thing to do now is to have him put down. USA’s Brian Baker knocked out Kohlschreiber in 2 tie break sets.

I was surprised to see Vania King go down to Daniilidou and perhaps not so surprised to see Giorgi beat fellow Italian Schiavone in straight sets. Jeez, how bad was Schia?


Venus Williams played well in London as did today’s opponent Kirilenko who missed out on a bronze medal losing  to Azarenka.

Williams has won all three of their previous matches although they haven’t played since 2007.

Venus doesn’t know she will feel from one day to the next but if she starts the match well then 1.67 is a healthy price. Kirilenko won’t make it easy for her but I expect the American to get the job done on home soil.

Update: Williams won 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.


Wickmayer must be favourite against Cirstea who lost her last match 0-6, 0-6. Wickmayer narrowly lost to Wozniacki in London. I will wait for a higher price though as 1.43 is just too low. Wickmayer will be able to take advantage of any weak second serves from Cirstea.

Update: Wickmayer took the opening set but it was Cirstea who won the match 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.


Gasquet had a great week last week reaching the final. If the GasMan has enough gas left then he will fancy his chances against big serving Raonic. Gasquet beat Isner and Berdych  last week in straight sets.

Betfair has Raonic as slight favourite at 1.74 and I think this one will be close. Gasquet can virtually give up when he is tired so be careful. I’ll be watching a few games first although any signs of fatigue are unlikely to become apparent until after the first set.

Update: Just 1 break of serve in the whole match. Raonic won 7-6, 6-3.

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