The final slam of the year has come to an end. A new winner in the Women’s tournament which can only be positive although Pennetta will retire at the end the season. What a great way to end a long career!
Djokovic showed again he is so tough to beat in slams. It would be good to see new names in the final as we did last year but the best of 5 set format is brutal. Djokovic and Federer are head and shoulders above the rest right now.
This week we have two WTA tournaments. Early birds have Tokyo and the Quebec matches are more suitable for those of you who work during the day so I will probably concentrate on that one this week. I may slip in a Tokyo match if it looks interesting.
WTA Coupe Banque Nationale, 17:30 – Barthel v Ostapenko
Barthel reached the semi finals in her last visit in 2012.
Ostapenko has been in great form. She won her last indoor event which was an ITF tournament in February. Value is on her and the sets should be close.
Three sets are a real possibility. Lay the 1st set winner. I give a slight edge to Barthel. Both have had success on indoor courts but Barthel got hers against better opposition. This looks like it is Ostapenko’s first indoor main draw WTA match.
We can also back Barthel if she goes an early break behind.
WTA Coupe Banque Nationale, 19:00 – Kudryavtseva v Broady
Kudryavtseva won their only previous meeting. That was in July 2009 on grass and she won in 3 sets.
Value is on Broady in this one. Her confidence is growing and her results are improving. She has won 8 of her last 10 matches. She lost to Pegula in the qualifying rounds in 3 sets but got a Lucky Loser spot in the main draw.
Kudryavtseva reached the semi finals in an ITF hard court event in Vancouver last month. The standard was high in that event.
Kudryavtseva to win in 3 sets. Back her if she goes a break behind.