WTA Luxembourg Final: Ostapenko v Goerges

Jelena Ostapenko 2.10, Julia Goerges 1.90


Due to start at 2 pm.

This is their first meeting.

Overall results favour Goerges in the last 12 months. Both players have very strong indoor results.

Ostapenko could have been expected to be tired after reaching the final last week in Linz. Cori Gauff who beat her in that final was too tired to compete in her first match in this tournament. Her serve has improved as she has moved through the tournament. She needed 3 sets to beat Anna Blinkova in the semi final but was only broken once.

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Goerges won the title last year. Her only straight sets win of the week came in the semi final against Elena Rybakina. She lost the opening set in the 1st 3 rounds

Stats for the tournament favour Ostapenko. It’s very tough to separate them today. I am giving Goerges the edge for this one. Lay Ostapenko around 1.65 to 1.70 and remove the liability at 2.30. Lay the set 1 winner.



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TradeShark Diary – Friday 18th October

Some of you may have been reading my diary posts on the forum. If you WERE reading it you’re probably wondering where the forum went!Diary

Over the last 2 or 3 weeks I have been making changes to the blog to improve its performance. I have been making changes to the site’s code. Some of it was direct code changes and some were by using plugins. There have been a few problems along the way.

One or two of the plugins I used to improve site performance were very powerful and broke a few things. Some were fixable but sometimes I had to give up on the plugin as it changed too many other bits of the site.

One thing I noticed was that the forum would load OK but if you clicked on the button to write a new post it didn’t work. Initially I found that there was a conflict between the forum and an SEO plugin. If I switched off the SEO then I could post on the forum. Not ideal especially if anyone else wanted to post on there. As I was pretty much the only person posting I figured I could live with it for now.

I made a few more changes and then found that I couldn’t even log into the forum.  Nothing I did would let me sign in. I thought I would uninstall the forum plugin and re-install it. It works for most plugins as the setting are saved.  There was a message that all data would be lost. Ah they don’t mean it.

Anyway, all data was lost. I have access to a back up from my hosting company but when I checked the new installation of the forum it was still broken. No one wants forums these days anyway.

So I’ll be posting on here instead. It won’t be every day and sometimes will be once a week. Anything and everything can be covered.

A quick update: The cat finally died. She was the last of 9 that we have had. We had them all at once for while. That was interesting. Ellie was 19 years old. Blind, incontinent towards the end and diabetic. At least the new leather sofas are safe.

Watching the French Open with Ellie

I have been chased by a copyright scammer for the last 6 months or so.  They had sent me the final, final final warning before they might take me to court. Haven’t heard anything for a week or so.

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WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow: Muchova v Alexandrova

Quarter Final

Karolina Muchova 1.72, Ekaterina Alexandrova 2.36


Due to start at 2:30 pm.

This will be their first meeting.

Better overall results for Muchova in 2019. Both players are strong indoors but Alexandrova has slightly better results.

Alexandrova has faced 2 weak opponents so far. Jana Cepelova and Wild Card Anna Kalinskaya are ranked 141 and 100 respectively.  Alexandrova won both matches very convincingly. She had a disappointing loss to Ostapenko last week. It was disappointing as she was 6-1, 3-1 up but went on to lose 5-7 in the deciding set.

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Muchova has beaten Donna Vekic and Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets this week. She won the hard court title in Seoul last month.

We have a good chance of seeing 3 sets. Both have won 8 of their last 10 indoors but both of Muchova’s “losses” were due to walkover.  Back Muchova around 1.95. Lay the set 1 winner.



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