I forced myself to take the weekend off as the early starts were taking their toll!
Lisicki is back in action after her defeat to Heather Watson last week. She is up against Medina Garrigues who won their only previous meeting when Lisicki retired at 4-0 in the third set in Bali last November.
MG hasn’t been in great form either so this should be a good confidence builder for The German who has lost her last 4 hard court matches. I’d be nervous backing at 1.43 though and will wait for 1.70 or better in the early games.
Update: Lisicki won 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
Florian Mayer was having back problems recently although his form was good. Fognini reached the final in Russia but has had a few days rest and I feel he could give the German a few problems.
Even though Fognini hasn’t managed to take a set from Mayer in 2 attempts I think Mayer will trade higher than his starting price of 1.56 .
Update: Jesus. First set to Mayer 6-1 🙁
Mayer won 6-1, 6-2.
Vesnina’s form can fluctuate between amazing and dismal. She knocked out Barthel in the first round for the loss of just 2 games so it looks like for now at least her form is solid.
Both Vesnina and Paszek have played Govortsova this week as Govortsova went through to the main draw as Lucky Loser. Vesnina despatched her in the qualification rounds fairly easily whereas Paszek needed a third set tie break to take their first round match having lost the second set 0-6.
Vesnina’s price has risen a few ticks in the last hour or so but I feel she is worth a back at 1.83 .
Update: Vesnina had 3 break points in Paszek’s first service game but wasted them all. In the next one she had 2 more break points and wasted those too. After that it was perhaps predictable that Paszek broke first. I laid her at around 1.65 and thankfully Vesnina again had break points but this time she took one. She went a break ahead but failed to serve out the set from 5-4. The set ended up in a tie break which Vesnina took. The second set was more one sided.
Vesnina won 7-6, 6-2.