08:00 – Mirza v Medina Garrigues
Rankings are 59 and 32. Head to heads are 1-0 to Mirza.
Mirza often leaves a tournamant after the first round. She isn’t used to winning.
Medina Garrigues has been in good form and is a strong favourite.
I’d expect this to be a straight sets win for M G. You could back from te start and green up at the end of the first set but you may have some work to do if she loses her serve.
Safer to stick with 15-40 and scalping. M G doesnt tend to have many 3 setters. If she is playing well she will win in 2 sets.
Update: M G won 6-3, 6-4.
16:00 – Benesova v Govortsova
Rankings are 43 and 55. They haven’t met before.
Benesova has made a poor start to the season with just 1 win which was in the Oz Open.
Govortsova doesn’t have a win yet so we’re in for a real treat today!
Benesova tends to choke on the big points and even if she starts well she will have a period during the match where she’ll forget how to play.
I expect a match full of errors so 15-40 and scalping is recommended. Entering at 0-30 ( ie in favour of the receiver) and laying the server could bring a nice return.
Slightly favouring Govortsova but its anyone’s guess who will win.
Update: Govortsova won 6-4, 6-1.