Contrary to what I expected liquidity last night was terrible.
My own trading didn’t start well with Safarova’s limp performance and Davis being outplayed by the 331 ranked Aussie Wild Card. I should have held my position on her into the second set but I had no faith in her. She took a 5-0 lead in set 2. Some tennis players just need a good slap! The session improved with Date Krumm of all people bringing the night’s biggest green and Goerges and Rochus turning the night green.
Kirilenko plays Errani in Sydney. All four of their previous matches were on hard courts and Errani leads 3-1. Kirilenko won the most recent which was in August 2011. That was of course before Errani raced into the top 10.
Kirilenko reached the quarter finals on home soil in Moscow in October and has been in reasonable form. However she has recently got engaged and I can’t help feeling that she will have been distracted from giving 100% to her preparation.
1.65 isn’t a terrible price on Errani but if we can get on at 1.80 or better that is great value.
Update: This went as expected. Errani was on another level and Kirilenko had a bad day.
Errani won 6-1, 6-1.
Cibulkova and Makarova had their only previous meeting last October. Cibulkova came back from a set down to win in 3 sets.
Cibulkova beat Kvitova in the first round. Kvitova has been below par for a while but that was still a decent result for Cibulkova after she went out to Sloan Stephens in Brisbane last week.
Makarova beat Lepchenko in 3 sets in the first round. That was her first match of the season so quite a positive outing.
There’s very little between these 2 players. Cibulkova starts as favourite at 1.70 however she is a little more likely to make a slow start. She hit 5 double faults against Kvitova so will need to improve her performance from the line.
I give the edge to Makarova here but we will see many swings along the way.
Update: Makarova took a 3-1 lead but Cibulkova pulled it back to 3-3. The set went to a tie break which Cibulkova won.
Makarova took a 5-0 lead in the second set and easily levelled the match at 1 set each. The third set was almost a carbon copy of the first. Makarova again broke in the third game. This time Cibulkova left it late to break back and from 5-5 the set went to another tie break. Cibulkova took the breaker.
Cibulkova won 7-6, 1-6, 7-6.