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Due to start at 5:30 pm
Azarenka 1.67, Safarova 2.46
Azarenka leads their previous matches 6-1. They last met in the final in Doha in February 2015. Safarova won on a hard court in straight sets. They never met on grass.
Azarenka has better overall results in the last 12 months and also in 2018. Her grass results are also stronger. She had a few problems in the last round. She beat Voegele in 3 tight sets. She did hit 12 aces but also 11 double faults. Her 1st serve was excellent but the 2nd serve was average at best.
Safarova played in Birmingham last season and reached the semi finals before retiring against Kvitova. Her win in the last round was her firat grass match of the season. She served well and faced just 2 break points which were both taken.
Some value on Safarova and I think she can take a set. Back Azarenka above 1.90. Lay her if she breaks in the early games.
Due to start at 4 pm
Martic 1.72, Buzarnescu 2.34
Martic won their only previous meeting. That was in the Wimbledon qualifying rounds last season. She won in straight sets.
Martic has slightly better results this season although Buzarnescu has played more matches. Martic’s grass results are also stronger. She reached the 4th round at Wimbledon as a qualifier last season.
Buzarnescu has had a good season. She reached the final in Hobart in the second week of the season. That was on a hard court but most of her other successful weeks on the main WTA tour were on clay. She did reach the quarter finals on grass in Nottingham last week. This week she has beaten Babos in 3 sets.
This should be a good match but I am going with Martic to win. Back her above 1.95.
Update: Martic took the opening set with a single break and Buzarnescu did the same in set 2. In the deciding set Martic had a 2-1 lead but didn’t win another game.
Buzarnescu won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2