Its a tricky list of matches today. It’s taken an age to go through the betting tips so I will post some thoughts for trading later this morning.
Interesting matches that stand out are Baghdatis against Gulbis and Rosol v Groth. Baggy is a very capable grass court player and has a strong head to head against Gulbis. I am reading this morning that Gulbis doesn’t have a great record on grass. I agree its not amazing but you could say thatabout Gulbis on any surface. He does have some notable wins on the surface including Berdych. I think it will be interesting to see how the “new” Gulbis does on the grass this year. I doubt very much that his price won’t trade a fair bit higher than its starting point of 1.61.
Update: Gulbis won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Groth is a Challenger player. He has a huge serve but that’s about all. Expect tie breaks in that one with Rosol.
Update: Rosol won 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.
I’d expect Lopez‘ serve to be too much for Berankis to handle. Lopez has won both their previous matches although berankis took a set each time. 1.50 isn’t a terrible price but I’d prefer to get on him above 1.70.
Update: Lopez was broken in his first service game just to make me look an idiot! ( like I need help for that ). He spent the next few hours making up for the mistake with the various rain delays.
Lopez won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Goerges‘ form has been terrible recently which hasn’t been helped by her being ill. She starts today at 1.47 against Cadantu who recently reached the semi finals in Katowice.
I think that is worth a part stake lay at the start and I’ll add the rest if Goerges drops to 1.25-1.30.
Update: The lay worked welll as Goerges was broken first but she came back to win in straight sets.
Goerges won 6-4, 7-5.
Voskoboeva looks a good shout against Panova. Panova came through an easy draw in the qualifying rounds but hasn’t won a main draw match since January.
Voskoboeva starts at 1.50 and i will hope for a little higher, around 1.65 .
Update: Voskoboeva won 6-2, 6-2.
Dodig was almost beaten yesterday by Ward. You have to expect that he will also struggle against Cilic on grass.
Cilic is defending champion after Nalbandian kicked a lines judge in the final ( you’d think he had kicked him in the nuts the way he went down! ).
Part stake on Cilic at the start and will add the rest if he gets broken early.
Update: Delayed until Wednesday.