Yesterday was more a dog’s day than anything else, at least as far as first sets are concerned. Players are getting weary as we near the end of the season and most have little to play for other than a few ranking points. Its also around this time when the number of retirements starts to increase as the collection of small injuries start to take their toll.
Kvitova v Radwanska:
Probably the easiest pick of the day. Kvitova has beaten Wozniacki and Zvonareva in straight sets this week and whilst Rad came through in a tight 3 setter against Zvonareva last night she was looking tired and her serve was terrible in that first set.
Kvitova leads the head to heads 2-0 and radwanska seems unable to deal with her powerful ground strokes. If Kvitova can also keep her big serve going I don’t see Radwanska even winning a set.
1.40 isn’t the best price to be backing in WTA although she started at 1.69 against Wozniacki and it never went more than a couple of ticks higher ( which was in the first game).
However this is WTA so i won’t have more than part stake on from the start in the slight hope that we will see a higher nack price to get the rest on.
This should be over in 2 sets.
Bogomolov v Lajovic:
These two played last week in the Kremlin Cup and it went to 3 sets. Lajovic won the first set.
We saw some odd matches yesterday and its quite possible that Lajovic has taken some confidence from his wins over Chardy and Sela. It has to be said that those wins wouldn’t have happened if either player had performed as expected but wins are wins and when you’re trying to build your ranking.
The “fix merchants” will be saying that the organisers will want the Russian American to get to the final but we have seen enough poor sets from favourites to make a lay worth a go from the start.