Hercog was terrible in her first set against Rezai. She looked totally disinterested (uninterested?) and could barely be bothered to move faster than walking pace. However Rezai is a tough player to lsoe against and that must have inspired Hercog. Today she is up against Dolonts who easily beat Cirstea yesterday in another amazing display of WTA talent.
Dolonts has been the more consistent of the two players this week although Hercog certainly is the better player if she plays to her strengths. She has been sloppy this week and hasn’t really shown that she wants to win here so i am going with Dolonts to take it perhaps in 3 sets. I’ll be laying Hercog from the start.
Update: I soon jumped out of the lay as it was clear Hercog was up for the task today. She dominated the match from start to finish to win 6-2, 6-4.
Larsson has been playing well in her home tournament. She beat Dushevina in the last round. Lino won their only previous match which was on a hard court. That was in Australia and the heat probably favoured the Spaniard.
Lino has the better pedigree on clay and Larsson has been playing slightly better this week so I can see it being a close match. Will home advantage be enough to give Larsson the edge? I think it will. She starts as slight favourite at 1.77 which is quite tempting but don’t expect either player to dominate the match.
Likely to be 3 sets and I am going for Larsson to edge it.
Update: I’d say my last sentence was about right. A very scrappy match with moonballs galore in the first set especially. Both had chances to take it but it was Larsson who came through. She relaxed in the second set and allowed Lino to get her nose in front. Lino hung on to take the set. In the third set it looked like Lino was going to take it but when she served for the match Larsson broke back, then held, then broke again to take the match
Larsson won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Roger-Vasselin v Kamke: R-V leads the head to heads 2-0 with the last one being on a hard court last year. Kamke scraped through against a very poor Young and R-V scraped through against a rusty Jimmy Wang. Normally if the two players were priced at evens I would go with the head to heads but this tournament seems to sap any ability out of the players. Maybe they do random drugs tests and if its found they are clean they give them some drugs?
I’ll stick with Roger-Vasselin as a slight favourite but won’t be getting involved until i get an idea of how the match is going. He does seem to be able to stick around in tournaments longer than kamke at the moment.
Update: Rochus started very well and was soon 3-0 up. I took my 46 ticks and went for a food break. He took the set and Kamke seemed to be really struggling. The next time I checked the score Kamke was 5-0 up in the second set!
Kamke won 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Jeez what’s going on this week??
At least there are some Davis Cup matches today but i don’t blog those as the players can be switched just before the matches and you wasted your time.