Last night finally saw higher liquidity. Many of the matches proved difficult to predict as this week tens to be used by many to prepare for next week’s Australian Open. Fortunately for trading purposes the eventual winner is often irrelevant.
Stepanek can be a tricky opponent and his first match of 2013 saw him beat Garcia Lopez comfortably in straight sets. Benneteau has also had just 1 match this year. That also resulted in victory. He needed 3 sets to get past Andujar.
Their head to heads are 2-2. They haven’t played since 2010. Some are expecting Stepanek to be less able to cope with the Sydney heat. I don’t agree. Whilst Stepanek is nearing the end of his playing career he still keeps himself very fit.
I expect a close match with Stepanek just edging it. His starting price of 1.641 is way too low to get involved. I will be waiting for a price nearer evens.
Update: Stepanek retired during the first game. Bets void.
In Hobart Jovanovski plays Flipkens. They have played twice before and won a match each. Its quite difficult to separate these two. In the most recent matches they have both tended to beat the players they’re expected to beat and lost to the higher ranked players.
I watched a little of Jovanovski’s second set last night and wasn’t over impressed. She won 6-0, 7-6. Flipkens beat Schiavone in the first round in a third set tie break.
Flipkens starts at 1.72 which is just a few ticks below the level I expected. This should be a match where the price graph will look similar to the heart rate of a weightwatcher in a cake shop.
I am favouring Flipkens but will wait for her to go behind early in the opening set. I think she will hold it together better than her opponent when the pressure rises.
Update:Flipkens raced to a 5-0 lead and her level didn’t drop.
Flipkens won 6-3, 6-2.