Just a week to go until the US Open starts! Be careful of any players who have a realistic chance of getting through a few rounds next week. They may not want to risk not being fit for New York.
Hantuchova isn’t having a great run of form. She has never beaten Halep and I don’t expect that to change today. I can’t be backing Halep at 1.37 though as you never know when Hantuchova is going to find her timing. Hantuchova hasn’t been very lucky with her draws recently to be fair. Petkovic, ARad, URad and Zakopalova have beaten her since she won the title in Birmingham in June.
Halep is having the best season of her career and certainly isn’t a flash in the pan player. I’ll be backing her if she goes a break behind in the early part of the match.
Update: Halep won 6-2, 6-1.
Cibulkova v Zakopalova looks like a swing fest just waiting to happen.
Cibulkova starts as favourite at 1.60 but it was Zak who won their 2 most recent matches and won them in straight sets.
Both players are capable of going from excellent tennis to complete garbage in 4.6 seconds.
Zak has been having real problems on serve over the last 4 to 6 weeks and Cibulkova couldn’t buy a serve in her last match with Hercog. Prior to that match Cibulkova had produced some excellent results and won the title in Stanford. She does tend to lose her first match following a quarter final (or better) the week before.
I will be favouring Cibulkova but the graph isn’t going to be a straight line on this one. Opposing the server especially in pressure situations such as serving for the set should work well.
Update: As expected a vert swingy match!
Zakopalova won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Goerges has played some pretty awful tennis this year but there were signs in her last 2 matches that she was starting to turn things around.
Today she is up against Jovanovski who produced some good form on the grass but hasn’t carried that onto the hard courts. She hasn’t played since Baku a month ago so will be well rested.
Goerges has lost her last 4 matches on hard courts but the 2 most recent were a 3 setter to Rybarikova and a 3 setter to Vinci in Toronto.
I’d have this one 50/50 so Goerges at 1.71 is no value in my opinion. However if I can lay Jovanovski when she is a break ahead I think it’s worth a go.
I favour Goerges to win in 3 sets.
Update: What did I tell you? Goerges won 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.