14:00 – Govortsova v Pervak
Rankings are 66 and 124. They have never met.
2 fairly unremarkable players who rarely get past the first round. Govortsova will obviously be the favourite but expect plenty of breaks in this one.
Perfect for 15-40!
Update: Price swings-R- Us! Govortsova won the first set but her opponent fought back to take the second. Total whitewash in the final set with Govortsova going through 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
16:00 – Cibulkova v Martinez Sanchez
Rankings are 25 and 33. They have never met.
A higher class of match to the first of today’s picks. This could be a close match and has the potential to be a 3 setter.
Cibulkova is a slight favourite but won’t get things her own way.
Again, 15-40 is the way to go 🙂
Update: Think Cibulkova got the start time wrong and didn’t turn up. Easy win for Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-2.
17:30 – Starace v Donskoy
Donskoy is unranked but faces the 75 ranked player in his home country.
Starace should have more than enough to win this one. Both players prefer clay courts but Starace can perform well on the faster indoor courts.
Consistency will be the divider here.
Back Starace on serve.
Update: Straight forward win for Starace. He goes through 6-3, 6-3.