Some tricky matches today. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have an underdog day.
Open 13 -14:30
Ljubicic v Serra:
Ljubicic is in an awful run of form. Losses to Huta Galung and Berrer in his last 2 matches won’t help his confidence.
Serra is now ranked 133 and is ticking along nicely on the Challenger tour. He reached the quarter finals in the Quimper Challenger (France) a couple of weeks ago on hard courts. He has been given a wild card entry here in his home country.
Head to heads are 4-0 to Ljubicic.
Every time Serra has played in Marseliie he has been knocked out by another Frenchman. As he catches Ljubicic in poor form and is playing on home soil I think he could make a decent match of this. If he can take it to 3 sets I would make Serra favourite as Ljubicic has looked worn out in his previous matches.
I want to see if Serra is able to compete and keep it close and then will look for a lay at a decent price below the starting price of 1.50 .
Update: Ljubicic took the first set but there was plenty of pressure from Serra which pushed his price much higher. Serra took the second in a tie break and Ljubicic won the third.
Ljubicic won 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
RMK Memphis – 20:00
Erakovic v Stephens
Stephens is playing on home soil. She pushed Kuznetsova very close at the Oz Open losing 6-7, 5-7. She reached the third round at last year’s US Open beating Peer in straight sets.
Erakovic played on clay last week which won’t help her in her first match this week. Her form has been ok and she took Kerber to 3 sets in January.
This should be a close one and I think we will see 3 sets. It won’t the best tennis you have ever seen but should give a few breaks of serve so lots of trading opportunities. Tough to call but I think Stephens will trade below 1.50 at some point.
Update: Stephens did trade under 1.50 when she won the first set. It was down in the 1.3x’s. Not sure what happened after that as she only won 1 more game in the whole match.
Erakovic won 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.