Thursday’s matches – Cincinnati

Fish plays Gasquet: I was surprised to see Gasquet make such hard work of beating Kevin Anderson yesterday even though Anderson is playing very well. I was also surprised to see how easily Fish beat Davydenko who seems to be playing some good tennis in his first round match.

The head to heads are 2-2 and Fish has won their last 2 matches. Both were on hard courts and both were straight sets wins.

Fish has confirmed that he won’t be playing next week to get some rest so i’d expect him to be putting everything into this week. I think this will be quite close but Gasquet wasn’t convincing on his own serve and was having to fight for the holds. For this reason i will  go with Fish to get the win.

Update: Fish won 7-5, 7-5.


Christina McHale beat world number 1 Wozniacki in straight  sets. Doing it in her home country will mean she will have attracted a great deal of media attention and more than likely won’t have had much sleep last night.

Today she is up against Nadia Petrova who won the Citi Open at the end of last month. She has also had 2 good wins beating Vinci and Ivanovic.

Their most recent match was in March this year and petrova won in 3 sets. However she has been is superb form recently and i expect the added expectation from the home crowd will prove too much for McHale and this will be a straight forward win for Petrova. I won’t be putting full stake on at the start as she is at 1.40 and in WTA anything can happen especially in the early games. An early break for McHale would be most welcome as it would push petrova’s price towards evens.

Update: Petrova won 6-3, 6-3.


Petkovic v Kvitova: These 2 players have met twice in 2011 and they have each won one match in straight sets. Petkovic won their most recent match last week and won it easily. That match was just Kvitova’s second match after the Wimbledon final and she was below her best.

I’d expect this to be a lot closer than the last one but based on recent form I will go with Petkovic to get another win. I see no reason for Kvitova to have improved sufficiently in a week.

Update: Petkovic won 6-3, 6-3.


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