We had a few odd or unexpected results yesterday which made predictions difficult. For the SHARK TIPS service I managed 2 out of 3 which I am fairly happy with but Falla lost 6-4 in the third set against Lacko having won the first set 6-1. Mattek Sands came back from a 2-6 first set against Puig earlier this morning for a 1.70 win and Rybarikova also dropped the opening set 6-2 to McHale before easily taking the next 2 sets.
Hanescu starts at 1.73 against Bedene but there’s a very good chance he won’t be busting a gut to win today after losing in the semi final in Gstaad on Saturday. I don’t expect him to tank this one as on his current form he should cruise past Bedene but I feel if he were to lose the opening set he won’t be fighting so hard to come back. One to watch a couple of games first to see if Hanescu looks interested.
Update: Easy win for Hanescu 6-2, 6-1.
Surely Granollers will be able to put Zeballos out of his misery today. The Spaniard will put the weakened serve under a lot more pressure than Fischer did yesterday and would be favourite anyway without the injury. Unfortunately his price is 30 ticks lower than we would normally get so I will be waiting to try to grab a higher price.
Update: No higher price. Granollers won 6-0, 2-0(ret)
Voegele has a decent chance against Mona Barthel who starts as slight favourite at 1.73 .
Barthel retired from her second round match last week and hasn’t been in the best of form anyway. She hasn’t strung 2 wins together since March. Voegele has been putting in some creditable performances in recent weeks and last week she narrowly lost to eventual champion Cibulkova 5-7, 6-7.
Ideally I’d like a lower price to lay Barthel and if she drops below 1.40 to 1.5 I will be taking it.
Update: Glad I wasn’t around for this one. Barthel won 6-2, 6-2.
This evening Caroline Garcia should get the win over Tatishvilli who beat her on clay in 3 sets in May. Garcia’s starting price of 1.65 isn’t very appealing though and I will wait to get her above evens. This should be quite a swingy match. Garcia has the stronger serve but Tatishvilli is slightly better on return.
Update: Tatishvilli won the first set 6-0 but Garcia fought back well to win 0-6, 7-6, 6-4.