The first slam is out of the way with Djokovic coming through in 4 sets. 2 tie breaks scuppered my under 40.5 games tip although if just 1 of the break points had been taken in the first 2 sets a 7-6 would have become a 6-4 and it would have come in. Tennis matches can turn on just a handful of points.
This week we have 2 WTA events in Paris and Pattaya. A quick look this morning hasn’t shown any streams so expect liquidity to be low. It often is for a few days after a Slam anyway and we still have some qualification round matches to complete.
Paris has the stronger field and this afternoon sees Barthel play Ursula Radwanska. They have played just once which was in the London Olympics and Radwanska won in straight sets. Barthel was going through a terrible run of form at that time and she seems to have sorted out whatever the problem was although still has a habit of throwing away her opening service game in almost every match.
Radwanska has played 4 matches this season and having won the first one hasn’t chalked up a win since. They weren’t easy opponents though in Pervak, Wozniacki and Jamie Hampton.
Barthel is too low at 1.34 and hopefully Radwanska will start strongly. She does have the game to trouble Barthel and I think we will see 3 sets here.
Update: Radwanska played well in the first set and served for the set at 6-5. She was broken and Barthel took the tie break. Radwanska fell apart in the second set.
Barthel won 7-6, 6-0.
Parmentier has a perfect record against HcHale and beat her in the opening match of this season. Unfortunately the market has got wise to this and Parmentier starts as slight favourite rather than a 3.00 underdog.
McHale has been in awful form and has lost all 3 of her matches this season although she did push Li Na close losing 6-7, 5-7.
Parmentier is a good bet as an underdog but as a 1.72 favourite I aren’t so sure. I think she will play a competitive match but I would prefer to wait until McHale goes a break up before backing Parm.
Update: It would appear McHale is healthy again. Both served well but it was McHale who had the chances to break which she did late in the set. In the second set it was all McHale.
McHale won 6-4, 6-1.