An interesting day yesterday. Tipsarevic played well. That was a shock. I have to take some credit for that as I tipped Querrey. Almagro played perhaps some of the best tennis we have seen from him for a while and he still lost in straight sets to Dmitrov. Fognini losing wasn’t a huge surprise although it was a shame that he lost his discipline at the end and intentionally foot faulted.
Kerber, Kirilenko and Halep were all taken to 3 sets and Kleybanova beat Arvidsson in 3 sets.
Pennetta looks a decent price against Lepchenko. She has shown some decent form in her recent hard court matches. Her serve has been vulnerable but this is WTA! Her return of serve stats are better than Lepchenko’s over the last month.
They have played twice before but not since 2011. Head to heads are 1-1.
Pennetta has enjoyed success at this event with two quarter finals and a semi final in 2009. I feel her current form gives her the edge today. If I can lay Lepchenko below 1.75 I’m in.
Update: Awful first set from Pennetta which saw her hold serve just once. I trusted in the Wins a Set list and laid Lepchenko after the set. Pennetta then won the first 13 points of set 2! She took the set but it was Lepchenko who won the decider.
Lepchenko won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
Simon has been suffering with illness and injury. Today he takes on Pospisil and starts as slight favourite. Pospisil may be fatigued but I think his serve will be enough to get him through this one. Simon managed a good opening set against Davydenko before falling apart and hopefully he can do the same again today. I’ll lay Simon below 1.40
Update: Pospisil took the first set and Simon retired after 2 games of the second set.
Pospisil won 6-3, 1-1(ret)
Cirstea had a massive week last week. Unfortunately the occasion got to her and whilst no one expected her to trouble Serena I think we were all hoping for a bit more from her. That tournament and especially the final will have been mentally draining.
Wickmayer leads their head to heads 3-1 although Cirstea won the most recent match which was at this tournament last year. Wickmayer took the first set but Cirstea won in 3.
Wickmayer’s more recent form hasn’t been good but if Cirstea’s mind is still in Canada this could be worth a lay. Cirstea starts at 1.50 .
Update: Cirstea pulled out before the match. Wickmayer lost to her replacement, Niculescu 6-1, 6-2.