A varied day yesterday with tennis, cricket and even a bit of football all rolled in. Tempted by the rugby this morning but haven’t really got a clue so will stay away!
A better day for the tips experiment yesterday. Hopefully the early loss will be pulled back to profit with today’s picks 😉
Kamke v Nieminen:
Nieminen has won both their previous encounters although the last one was 2 years ago. He looked impressive against Wawrinka in the last round and will come into this game wit a lot of confidence and expecting a win.
Kamke dealt well with new boy Reischick for the loss of just 4 games.
Nieminen’s serve was shaky at times against wawrinka but he made up for that with some excellent groundstrokes. This won’t be an easy match for him but if he continues with the same form I don’t see kamke being able to take 2 sets from him. Kamke’s best hope is probably a tie break which is how he took his only ever set from Nieminen.
Starting price is 1.58 which is probably a fair one. Part stake on from the start and I’ll wait to let Nieminen have his early wobble on serve before adding the rest higher up the ladder.
Update: Nieminen started well but then lost the plot and managed to lose the first set. He sorted himself out midway through the second set.
Nieminen won 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Hradecka v Niculescu:
Hradecka leads the head to heads 2-1 and won their only previous match that wasn’t on clay. That was in 2006 though so virtually irrelevent.
Hradecka has one of the best serves on the wmen’s tour. She also hits the bals harder than most. Thats great when its working but her shots can get a little wild sometimes. She won’t stop going for her shots even when things aren’t going her way which can make her dangerous as Wozniacki found out recently when she was taken to 3 sets by Lucie. Over the last year Hradecka has held serve 69% of the time. A lot of the men would be happy with that!
Niculescu has been in a great spell of form. She reached the semi finals of the China Open and ther 4th round of the US Open. At some point she will run out of energy and need a break. She has spent over 7 hours on court in the last 3 days although some of that was a doubles match.
Hradecka has a decent record at this tournament and indoors has to be her favourite surface with her powerful game.
I’ll be laying Niculescu from the start.
Update: Niculescu won 6-4, 6-4.