Hantuchova made a real meal of her match with Rus losing the opening set. Flipkens has been in much better recent form and starts today at 1.52.
Hantuchova seems to be making a habit of a slow start to matches and has lost the opening set in her last 4 outings. She improves from the second set. I aren’t too comfortable backing Flipkens at 1.52 from the start though and will hope for 1.70 in the first few games. She has had a couple of long weeks with a title win and a semi final in the last 2 events but I think she will have enough left in the tank to get through this one.
Update: Flipkens looked tired and was broken early. She fought back from a break down twice but a third break proved too much. She levelled the match at a set each but Hantuchova played well to take the match.
Hantuchova won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Halep was pretty impressive against Petrova and starts at 1.62 today against Dolonc. I am tempted to put part stake on Halep at the start but a more sensible plan is to wait for over 1.80 . Her all round game is superior but she will need her serve to be hitting the mark or she will have some problems with the Serb.
Update: Halep was injured in this match and didn’t manage to hold serve once. She took a medical timeout after the first set but carried on to the end.
Dolonc won 6-1, 6-0.
The last time Donald Young won 2 matches in a row he was called Donald Infant. Bedene has to have a great chance in this one and he starts at evens. He’s been going well on the Challenger tour and although the main ATP tour is a different kettle of fish he has the game to beat Young unless the American finds some of last year’s form.
Update: Young took a 4-1 lead but managed to allow Bedene back into it. Bedene took the set in a tie break. The second set was also a tie break but Young took this one. Bedene took a tight third set.
Bedene won 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.
Pervak won her match against Dushevina in straight sets but some of the games were incredibly long and the match will have taken a lot out of her. Today’s opponent Cirstea starts as favourite at 1.50 .
They played in January on a hard court and Cirstea won in 2 sets. I am guessing that Pervak will want to make a fast start and we may see a higher price on Sorana in the first few games. Anything over 1.80 will trigger a back bet on her. Cirstea looked very solid in her revenge win over Martic in the last round.
Update: Another favourite with either an injury or not enough motivation to give 100%. No video for this one so it’s hard to know which it was. Pervak broke serve straight away and it took Cirstea several attempts to break back. The set went to a tie break and Pervak took it. No apparent effort from Cirstea in the second set.
Pervak won 7-6, 6-1.
Stosur has little to play for this week. She can’t improve her ranking before Istanbul. Cornet leads the head to heads 2-1 with all 3 matches being played on hard courts. I think there are enough reasons to lay Stosur at 1.27 or perhaps wait for her to drop below 1.20 not least her semi final loss to Chang in Japan alst week.
Update: Stosur was the first to be broken but Cornet couldn’t consolidate the break. Cornet broke again but as before she was immediately broken herself. Stosur took the set in a tie break. In the second set each player went a break ahead but each time was immediately broken back. At 5-5 Cornet was again broken but this time Stosur managed to hold on to serve out the match.
Stosur won 7-6, 7-5.