GDF Suez Grand Prix – Friday

10:30 – Sevastova v Dulgheru

Rankings are 59 and 30. They haven’t played before.

Dulgheru’s favourite surface is definately clay although she made the third round at Wimbledon and the semi final of the UNICEF Open where she lost to Henin.

She serves well at 69% for first serves and moves well around the court.

Sevastova won the Estoril Open in May and also reached the quarter final in Strasbourg, both tournaments on clay. She has struggled a little on serve before this tournament but has served at 69% of first serves in this week.

Normally Dulgheru would be a strong favourite but she said after her last match which was suspended at 1 set all before being completed the following day that she had felt exhausted after the first set and was finding it difficult to breathe. She was glad the match was suspended until the next day. Does that suggest she isn’t 100% fit?

This could be a tight match and if it goes to three sets Sevastova will be favourite. If Dulgheru can serve well and doesn’t have any fitness worries then she ought to take it in 2 sets.

Scalping and 15-40 have been working well this week.



12:30 – Schnyder v Hercog

Rankings are 56 and 63. They haven’t played before.

I watched Hercog scrape through her last match and she was poor to say the least. Especially in the opening set she was being very passive and looked very very ordinary.

In contrast Schnyder played really well to beat Kleybanova in straight sets. She used her experience to outwit the number 1 seed.

Schnyder reached the final here last year so will be motivated to get there again to protect her ranking points. She served 81% of first serves in her last match and had just one double fault.

The market has the pair pretty even but I feel Schnyder is a strong favourite.

Either use scalping or back her on serve. I can only see one winner here.

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