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WTA Bogota, Kostova v Lepchenko

Due to start at 8 pm

Kostova 2.44, Lepchenko 1.62

Lepchenko won their only previous meeting.  That was at the Australian Open in January 2012. She won easily in straight sets.

Overall results are quite even in the last 12 months but favour Kostova in 2019. Kostova has stronger clay results.

Kostova’s best results on clay were in ITF events. She lost in the qualifying rounds this week to Irina Maria Bara. Did she know that she had a lucky loser place in the main draw? I think she did.

Elitsa Kostova
Elitsa Kostova

Lepchenko has a winning career record on clay but won 23 of her last 50 and just 2 from 7 in the last 12 months.

Value on Kostova. Good chance of 3 sets. Lay Lepchenko around 1.45 to 1.50.


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WTA Miami Open, Semi Final: Pliskova v Halep

Due to start at 1 am

Pliskova 2.5, Halep 1.65

Halep leads their previous matches 7-2. Their last meeting was in a Fed Cup tie. It was on an indoor court in the Czech Republic in February this year.  Halep won in 3 sets.  Pliskova’s last win was on clay in 2018.

Their overall results in the last 12 months are quite even. Pliskova has a small edge in 2019. Hard court results favour Pliskova in the last 12 months and also in 2019.  She lost the opening set against Cornet and Putintseva. She looked more solid in the quarter final and Vondrousova managed just 1 break of serve.

Simona Halep
Simona Halep

Halep has had tougher opponents in Miami. She lost her only set of the tournament to arguably her weakest opponent.  Polona Hercog had lost in the qualifying rounds but was given a lucky loser place in the main draw. She took the opening set from Halep and set 2 went to a tie break. Since then Halep has beaten Venus Williams and Qiang Wang in straight sets.

Stats for the tournament favour Halep. Pliskova has a higher service hold percentage but Halep is not far behind. Back Halep around 1.90.


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