Friday’s Matches

Surely we have a chance of some decent matches as we get nearer the end of the week? I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that they make a living by playing this rubbish or that I have to watch it to make mine 🙂

 

Medina Garrigues v Errani: These two players have quietly gone about their business this week. I haven’t traded any of their matches so far so lets toss that coin.

Errani leads the head to heads 3-1 but they are 1-1 on clay with Errani winning their last match in straight sets in 2010. Errani has a more consistent serve but M G’s has a little more power. Errani has better stats on return of serve.

I’m going with the head to heads and Errani to win in 3 sets.

Update: Errani suffered from severe cramp in the third set and M G won 4-6, 7-5, 3-0(retired)

 

Hercog was a lot better yesterday and showed more interest. She leads the head to heads against Zahlavova Strycova 2-0 though they haven’t played on clay.

Z S can be a bit of a mad woman when things aren’t going her way and we saw some of that yesterday against Pennetta. It seemed to work for her though and perhaps distracted her opponent.

As long as the Hercog of earlier in the week doesn’t show up ( which would surprise me as this is a semi final) then she will win this. She is 2-0 against Z S and is the better clay court player. I expect Z S to chase everything down but she’s not good at coming from behind. In all her matches this week she has won the first set. We could see a meltdown if she loses the opening set today. 2 tight sets.

Update: Easy first set for Hercog but she relaxed in the second set and allowed her oppoent back into it. Hercog won 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

 

Rochus has a chance of making the final for the second year in a row. He has had a pretty good grass season so far. You have to wonder how Ebden is still in the tournament although with some of the performances and results from this week it was probably almost guaranteed. To be fair he has put in some decent performances recently.

Rochus has said he loves playing this tournament as the bounce suits him perfectly. His greater experience is surely going to be too much for Ebden but if Ebden can continue to serve well breaks of serve could be rare.

This should be a tight one but I’m going with Rochus to be able to out think his younger opponent.

Update: As expected it was a very tight first set which Rochus won in a tie break. He took the second to win 7-6, 6-3.

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